ANAHEIM — The Angels are looking to bolster their rotation as they have free agent left-hander Tyler Anderson under contract, source Jon Morosi told MLB.com on Tuesday. The deal is a three-year, $39 million deal, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.
The company has not confirmed the contract.
Anderson, 32, is coming off a career year with the Dodgers that saw him go 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 30 games (28 starts). He was an All-Star for the first time in his seven-year career and also struck out a career-high 138 batters in 178 2/3 innings. The Dodgers extended him a qualifying offer, but he declined it, so the Angels will give up a second-round draft pick to get him.
The trade wasn’t seen as much of a need this offseason after the Angels’ starters posted the sixth-best ERA in the Majors last season, but they wanted to add at least one starter with manager Perry Minasian confirming the club will stick with six. -replacement next year. Anderson was considered one of the better starting pitchers available in free agency, and being able to acquire him is a sign that the Angels will continue business as usual this offseason despite owner Arte Moreno exploring a sale.
Anderson is slated to join a rotation that includes two-way star Shohei Ohtani and young lefties Patrick Sandoval, José Suarez and Reid Detmers. The final spot is up for grabs, but candidates include Jaime Barria, Chase Silseth and Tucker Davidson, as well as Griffin Canning and Chris Rodriguez, who both missed last season with injuries. Right-hander Michael Lorenzen is also a free agent and has expressed interest in returning to the Angels.
Anderson, who had a career 4.62 ERA last season, was acquired by the Dodgers as a depth option. But during the season, Anderson went from bullpen to full-time starter and produced the best season of his career. The Angels saw that firsthand at Dodger Stadium on June 15, when he took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against them, only for Ohtani to break it up with one out.
Anderson was a first-round pick by the Rockies in 2011. He struggled to achieve consistent results in his first six seasons with the Rockies, Giants, Pirates and Mariners. But this season, Anderson opted to go back to his old split grip. Couple that with Anderson finally being healthy for a full season, and it wasn’t much of a surprise around the league that the left-hander was having such a strong campaign.
That veteran also proved he can throw effective pitches in a postseason atmosphere. Anderson started Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Padres with the Dodgers facing elimination and he pitched five scoreless innings. He also played in the postseason with the Rockies in 2017 and ’18, posting a 2.25 ERA in 12 playoff appearances.
After the season, Anderson had to make a difficult decision. The Dodgers extended Anderson a qualifying offer, which was effectively a one-year, $19.65 million deal, more than doubling his $8 million salary in ’21. Anderson, however, chose to decline the offer in order to pay for the first multi-year contract of his career.