August 3, 2021

Veteran LHP Brett Anderson signs 1-year deal with Brewers (ESPN)


MILWAUKEE — Left-hander Brett Anderson is the latest addition to the quickly transforming Milwaukee Brewers, agreeing Friday to a one-year contract.

The deal is for $5 million, with a chance to earn another $2 million in performance bonuses, sources told ESPN’s Buster Olney.

The 31-year-old left-hander was 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 31 starts with the Oakland Athletics last season, when he had a $1.5 million base salary and earned $1 million in performance bonuses based on starts.

Anderson posted the lowest strikeout rate of any qualifying starter in baseball (just 12.1% of batters faced) yet still boasted a 2.7 bWAR (Baseball-Reference’s wins above replacement), thanks to a low walk rate and the third-best ground ball rate among starters.

“We looked at Brett as a pitcher who has proven throughout his career that when he’s able to stay healthy, he’s been effective,” Brewers general manager David Stearns said. “He’s someone who throws strikes consistently. He keeps the ball on the ground, and we like the additional left-handed presence he gives us in our rotation.”

Milwaukee has just 12 players left from the 25 on its roster for last season’s National League wild-card game…

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