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 last offseason for some pitching depth. They did not expect to lean on him so heavily in the 2015 season but were left with very little choice once two of their starting pitchers were lost for the year due to injury. He ended up becoming the #3 option behind ace pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke. Plagued by injuries his entire career, the lefty was finally able put together a healthy season. He pitched to a solid 3.69 ERA across a career-high 180.1 innings of work. It was a good bounce-back year for the veteran.
The Dodgers elected to offer him a qualifying offer at the end of the season. Had he declined the offer, he would have hit the open market with a draft pick compensation attached. That means that if any team with an unprotected first-round pick had signed him, they would’ve been forced to relinquish their first rounder and the Dodgers would have received a compensation pick for his services.
Although the Dodgers will not be receiving a compensation pick, they will be retaining a key piece of their rotation for next season. Anderson most likely elected to accept the pick due to the fact the starting pitching market was at its deepest this winter with ace pitchers such as David Price and Greinke on the free-agent market. By accepting the offer, Anderson will have another year to show that his 2015 season was no fluke and can hopefully cash in on a bigger paycheck next winter. He joins veteran catcher Matt Wieters and outfielder Colby Rasmus as the only players to accept a qualifying offer this winter.