Morosi notes that Anderson is particularly attractive to the Dodgers and Phillies, who like his salary manageable as they try to minimize potential tax bills. Of course, if Anderson’s salary makes him an asset for high payroll teams, it certainly is a plus for low payroll teams. Anderson is playing on a one-year, $ 2.5 million contract and is heading into free agency after the season. In theory, it won’t cost much to acquire, but the right part that matches the Pirates’ vision has yet to be found.
The 31-year-old, after all, is valuable in large part because he is eminently available. He has, in 560 career innings, offered most of the time the lackluster consistency of a full back starter. For some teams right now, including the Phillies, that’s extremely valuable.
With 103 1/3 innings, Anderson has only reached the milestone of the century for the third time in his career. His 4.35 ERA / 4.26 FIP would be his best numbers since his rookie season, but they’re also in line with what he’s shown since leaving Coors Field. Over the past two seasons with the Giants and Pirates, Anderson has recorded 163 innings in 31 appearances (29 starts) with a 4.36 / 4.30 FIP ERA, 33.9% ground ball rate. , a strikeout rate of 18.4% and a walk rate of 7.2%. That’s 2.1 fWAR over about a full working season.