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Brett Anderson returning to Dodgers in 2016

Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jill Weisleder/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Brett Anderson will be back in a Dodger uniform next season after accepting the team’s one-year qualifying offer.

Zack Greinke and Howie Kendrick rejected their qualifying offers to pursue multi-year deals. Each could sign with any team, including the Dodgers.

Anderson would have been the first player under the current collective bargaining agreement to accept a qualifying offer, but he was beaten by a few hours by Houston’s Colby Rasmus and Baltimore’s Matt Wieters, reportedly.

Anderson, who turns 28 just before Spring Training next year, set a career high in innings (180 1/3) in 2015 and had his best season since 2009, with a 3.69 ERA, a career-high 18 quality starts and an MLB-leading 66.3 percent groundball rate.

With Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood and (if he returns from shoulder surgery) Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers could have as many as four southpaws in their starting rotation at a given time next season.


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  1. jpavko

    Brett anderson “would have” been the first if Colby Rasmus of the Astros’ hadn’t accepted his team’s offer yesterday

  2. They’re saying Weiters might also accept Baltimore’s QO. As to Brett’s decision, he may have missed the chance to sign for 3 yrs, 35 mil or so but he could be in line for a 4 yr deal if he has a good 2016 season. So what he did made some sense. As to Dodgers, $ 15 mil is a good chunk of change for a guy with his injury history but decent 3rd-4th SP’s are probably commanding about that in the open market. They can always lock him up longer term during 2016 season.

  3. I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s traded (or Wood) if they are able to bring back Greinke and sign someone like Price as well, for a right handed pitcher to balance out the rotation a bit.For now, he’s good insurance to have as a 4th or 5th starter.

  4. oldbrooklynfan

    I’m just hoping the Dodgers make an all out effort to re-sign Greinke.

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