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Brett Anderson exits start with apparent neck injury

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Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson exited Monday night’s start against the Indians in the sixth inning with an apparent neck injury, The Athletic’s Julian McWilliams reports. Anderson had ducked to avoid a wayward bat in the previous inning.

Anderson limited the Indians to a run on four hits with no walks and one strikeout across 5 1/3 innings. The oft-injured lefty now holds a 4.14 ERA and a 28/20 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings on the year.

Anderson rejoined Oakland in February, signing a one-year, $1.5 million contract. The A’s should provide an update on Anderson’s status later tonight.

Report: Angels and Anthony Rendon agree on seven-year, $245 million contract

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Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.

Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.

The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.

Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.