Hyun-jin Ryu Thinks He’ll Make It Back

Tough offseason, this. Rough. Not great. Brett Anderson and Chase Utley returned, and Aroldis Chapman and Hisashi Iwakuma arrived until they didn’t, and Zack Greinke… well, look, you know the details. It’ll get better right when it does, but for now, it’s not. So let’s allow ourselves some holiday good cheer and take at total face value the optimistic words of Hyun-jin...
Via Dodgers Digest
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Potential landing spots for the top 10 remaining free agents

With the Winter Meetings under way, it’s fair to say we’ll see and hear plenty of rumors about the top remaining MLB free agents over the next few days. Where should they go? Where will they go? Given what we already know, these destinations make the most sense for the top 10 remaining MLB free agents. Jason Heyward This guy will not be cheap. Jason Heyward is only 26, but...
Via Sportsnaut
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

How Much Should the Indians Rotation Actually Cost?

This is simply going to be an exercise in showing how valuable the Indians rotation is and to keep things simple, we’ll assume a 2016 rotation of Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Cody Anderson. David Price just set a new high for pitcher pay grabbing $217M over seven years from the Red Sox while Jordan Zimmermann made quite a big splash for a more...
Via Burning River Baseball
December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

A Ball-in-Play Analysis of Nine Free-Agent Pitchers

Yesterday, I published a post here examining the year-to-year correlations for a number of ball-in-play (BIP) pitching metrics. The results published there have some use on their own. As a practical application of that information, however, I’d like to take a look here at the nine potential free agent starting pitchers (besides Zack Greinke) whose teams faced a qualifying offer...
Via Fangraphs
November 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Colby Rasmus, Matt Wieters, Brett Anderson: Setting A Precedent?

Baseball is a sport based around the number three: Three strikes for an out, three outs in a half-inning, and three sets of three innings to make nine total for a game. As it turned out, three turned out to be a key number in the MLB free agent compensation system as well.After three years of qualifying offers being summarily offered and refused, this season's crop of offers yielded...
Via The Sports Quotient
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson explains why he rejected multi-year deals to remain a Dodger

Brett Anderson became one of rare players to accept a qualifying offer last week, an even rarer act when considering what the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty had on the table.After a season in Los Angeles, Anderson accepted a one-year, $15.8-million qualifying offer from the Dodgers last week.While accepting a qualifying offer is risky in and of itself, especially for a player who will...
Via Fox Sports
November 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 138 – Manager, Anderson, prospects

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I are back after a 3-week absence because Jared was on his death bed, or something. Don Mattingly is off to Miami and the Dodgers are down to three (or four) candidates in Bud Black, Gabe Kapler and Dave Roberts (and my hope is still for Dave Martinez). Anyone selected would be just fine. The Dodgers can’t really...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Three MLB players sign qualifying offers for first time

MLB’s current free agent qualifying offer system was established in the last collective bargaining agreement. This is the fourth year it’s been in place. During that time, it’s caused a lot of consternation among fans and players alike. You can make a strong argument that it favors rich clubs with money to burn, while unfairly and unnecessarily penalizing mid- to low-tier...
Via The Outside Corner
November 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers starter Brett Anderson accepts qualifying offer

LOS ANGELES (AP) Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has accepted a $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers and will remain with the team in 2016. Starter Zack Greinke and second baseman Howie Kendrick declined qualifying offers Friday and remain free agents. Anderson was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA this season in his healthiest year since 2009. The left-hander made...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson accepts qualifying offer, Kendrick & Greinke do not

To some surprise, today’s deadline for players to accept qualifying offers passed with Brett Anderson accepting the deal from the Dodgers. That was the surprise. To no one’s surprise, Howie Kendrick and Zack Greinke rejected the offers. If/when Kendrick and/or Greinke sign elsewhere, the Dodgers will get a supplemental first-round draft pick sandwiched between the first- and...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Rasmus, Wieters, Anderson accept qualifying offers

NEW YORK (AP) Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson have become the first three players to accept qualifying offers rather than remain free agents. The trio, who accepted $15.8 million, one-year contracts Friday, were among 20 players given the offers last week. Another of the 20, Toronto pitcher Marco Estrada...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson accepts qualifying offer to stay with Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be retaining one of their key free agents this winter. Left-handed starting pitcher Brett Anderson has officially decided to accept the qualifying offer worth $15.8 million and will stay with the Dodgers one more year as reported by Buster Olney of ESPN. The Dodgers signed Anderson to a one-year deal […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers' lefty Anderson reportedly accepts qualifying offer

Free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson became the third player to accept a qualifying offer on Friday. He will return to the Dodgers for $15.8 million in 2016.The news was first reported by ESPN.Anderson, 27, was 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts in 2015. He struck out 116 batters in 180 1/3 innings.The Astros' Colby Rasmus became the first player ever to accept a qualifying offer...
Via Fox Sports
November 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Looking at landing spots for Brett Anderson in free agency

If you had said to me last year Brett Anderson would be given a qualifying offer following the 2015 season, I’d have said he must have pitched well. He did, and he’s looking to cash in on that. He’s only 28 years old, even if it seems like he’s in his mid-30s. He throws consistently in the 90s and is baseball’s best pitcher at inducing ground balls. He doesn’t miss as...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Anderson, Greinke, Kendrick All Get Qualifying Offers, Wisely

Howie Kendrick, Brett Anderson, and Zack Greinke have received qualifying offers of one year, $15.8 million from the Dodgers. Jimmy Rollins did not. Absolutely none of this is unexpected, because we’ve been talking about it for a while, and while there was some mild uncertainty over whether Anderson would receive an offer, I’m pleased he did. (The kind of fans would never read...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Have Big Decisions To Make Today

I was going to write about the bullpen today, but that seems silly given that today is a pretty big day for decisions, and news could come out about them at any moment. (Not to mention that yesterday’s Brad Miller/Nate Karns/Logan Morrison/other guys trade between Seattle and Tampa Bay reminds us all that the offseason is very much active.) Qualifying Offers SP Brett Anderson...
Via Dodgers Digest
November 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB preseason predictions completely missed the mark

Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that the Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Mets to win the organization’s first World Series since 1985. What you may not be aware of is that many MLB experts did not pick the Royals to win their division, let alone the World Series. Kansas City did come within a few outs of winning the 2014 World Series, but for some...
Via Sportsnaut
November 04, 2015  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 749: Stan Conte on Injury Unknowns and Brett Anderson`s 180 by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam talk to recently resigned Dodgers VP of Medical Services and Head Athletic Trainer Stan Conte about hidden injuries, fighting fatigue, and Brett Anderson`s almost-miraculous season.
Via Baseball Prospectus
October 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 136 – Season ends, free agency, Conte

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodgers Nation) and I close out the Dodgers’ 2015 season by recapping the National League Division Series loss to the eventual World Series Champion New York Mets. Game 3 was an utter disaster, and that’s after the Dodgers jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Brett Anderson and Alex Wood didn’t fare well against the Mets’ lineup...
Via Dodgers Digest
October 19, 2015  |  Discuss

D’Arnaud Crushes One In Huge Night At The Plate

Travis d’Arnaud lit up Citi Field last night with a huge offensive outburst, all part of a tremendous 13-7 win for the Mets . In his first at-bat after the Dodgers had taken a 3-0 lead in the top of the second, TDA came to plate with Yoenis Cespedes on base and ripped the first pitch he saw for a double to score the Mets first run of the game. D’Arnaud later went onto score...
Via Mets Merized Online
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

NLDS Mets-Dodgers Game 3 wrapup: The Grandy Man Can

Amazin' Amazin' Amazin'! Ya Gotta Believe! Utley Sucks! Some inspirational slogans are more family-friendly than others, but the dirty Dodger unwittingly inspired the Mets and their fans in a pivotal Game 3 win over L.A. Not to mention Ruben Tejada doing his version of a Willis Reed entrance by hobbling onto the field with his leg cast and Met-themed cane.The pitching-centered Mets...
Via Subway Squawkers
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Brett Anderson reflects on the 2 pitches that lost Game 3 for Dodgers

Despite scoring seven runs in Game 3, the Dodgers were demolished by the Mets on Monday due to poor pitching performances from Dodgers starters Brett Anderson and Alex Wood. With the series tied heading back to New York, Anderson took the hill on Monday hoping to swipe a pivotal Game 3 win for the Dodgers but fell well short of his goal, turning in one of his worst performances of...
Via Fox Sports
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets bust out bats for 13-7 romp, 2-1 NLDS lead over Dodgers

Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Mets posed some intriguing pitching questions. Could the Dodgers get a good start from someone besides Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke, with Brett Anderson getting the nod? And for the Mets, how would Matt Harvey pitch in his first postseason start when his ability to pitch in October had been a source of controversy for weeks. Initially...
Via Bloguin Best
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Mets bust out bats for 13-7 romp, 2-1 NLDS lead over Dodgers

Game 3 of the NLDS between the Dodgers and Mets posed some intriguing pitching questions. Could the Dodgers get a good start from someone besides Clayton Kershaw or Zack Greinke, with Brett Anderson getting the nod? And for the Mets, how would Matt Harvey pitch in his first postseason start when his ability to pitch in October had been a source of controversy for weeks. Initially...
Via The Outside Corner
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers pitcher not happy with 'Fuller House' filming during his start

Brett Anderson picked up his first win in a month on Thursday, but the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty was disgruntled after his start about something that had nothing to do with his performance.Making his longest outing since June 16, Anderson threw 7 2/3 innings in the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, picking up his 10th win of the season.However, Anderson...
Via Fox Sports
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss
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