The Cardinals’ version of the offseason festival/fan interest thing is called the Winter Warm-up. It went down over the weekend and Christine Coleman of the Aaron Miles’ Fastball blog was there. She overheard Jaime Garcia dropping BSOML bombs:
“There’s always room to get better. But I am excited to get two full years under my belt. Physically this is the best I’ve ever felt.”
Spring is coming kids. Every BSOML we hear gets us that much closer.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have agreed to a minor league contract with Brett Anderson.
Anderson, you’ll likely recall, began his major league career with the Athletics in 2009 and pitched for Oakland through 2013. He had some success in Oakland, being named the Opening Day starter one year, but injuries have mounted for the lefty over the years. The last season in which he was healthy all year was 2015 in which he made 31 starts for the Dodgers. Last year he posted a 6.34 ERA and a 38/21 K/BB ratio in 55.1 innings across 13 starts for the Cubs and Blue Jays.
Organizational depth at worst, a veteran arm to eat some innings if things go well and a potential midseason trade chip if he enjoys a resurgence of health and a little bit of luck.