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Dodgers make risky move signing LHP Brett Anderson

Monday the Los Angeles Dodgers signed left-handed starter Brett Anderson to add to their rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy.

I’ve had quite a bit of experience watching Anderson and I have to say that this is a HUGE risk on the Dodgers part. Some say that signing McCarthy was risky because of his background with injuries as well as his numbers after leaving the Oakland Athletics for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Brandon McCarthy. Getty Images.
Brandon McCarthy. Getty Images.

McCarthy had a great half of the season for the New York Yankees, going 7-5 in 14 starts and posting an ERA of 2.89. However, he’s had multiple shoulder injuries that have plagued him throughout his career beginning in 2007 and going all the way up to his trade from the Arizona Diamondbacks midseason.

McCarthy has posted a season ERA over 4.00 every year in his career except for the two seasons he was with the Oakland Athletics. Even still, bad luck sent him down with an injury when he was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of the Los Angeles Angels’ Erick Aybar.

So if he seems somewhat risky, Anderson is a lot moreso. Don’t get me wrong, Anderson has all the potential in the world if he can stay healthy. In his rookie year in 2009 he broke the rookie record for strikeouts, won 11 games and pitched a complete game shut out. He lost out on receiving the Rookie of the Year award to his teammate Andrew Bailey,

Anderson had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and has not been able to remain healthy since. Upon returning from surgery he suffered an oblique strain and the following year he was out with a broken bone in his foot.

After being traded to the Colorado Rockies in December of 2013 Anderson first broke a finger which kept him out of the game for a few weeks, only to return, injure his back and end up having season ending back surgery.

Despite his performances in 2009 and 2010, the talented lefty has not had a season go by without a multitude of injuries. His talent looks good on paper but the Dodgers are going to be paying the southpaw $10 million for one-year, plus incentives.

Brett Anderson. Getty Images.
Brett Anderson. Getty Images.

That’s quite a bit of money for a guy who may not be able to start all that many games for the team. Of course, Anderson’s health in 2015 could be great and the Dodgers could have stumbled upon a gem (once healthy) that the A’s traded away and whose option the Rockies did not want to pick up.

Or this could backfire and both McCarthy and Anderson could be busts. It’s baseball and anything and everything that can happen will happen. Signing McCarthy for four years was a risk. Signing Anderson who has barely pitched in the last three seasons is a big risk. However, it is one that might just pay off for Los Angeles.

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