Author: Aaron Gleeman

Brett Anderson

Dodgers sign Brett Anderson for $10 million


Having paid the Marlins to take right-hander Dan Haren off their hands the Dodgers have replaced him in the rotation with left-hander Brett Anderson.

According to Buster Olney of it’s a one-year deal worth $10 million in guaranteed money, plus $4 million in potential incentives. Haren had one year and $10 million remaining on his contract when the Dodgers shipped him and the money to cover his entire salary to Miami.

Anderson was once among the best young left-handers in baseball, but he hasn’t topped 100 innings in a season since 2010 and hasn’t been fully healthy since his rookie year in 2009. He was effective in eight starts for the Rockies this past season, posting a 2.91 ERA, but at age 27 he’s logged a combined 206 innings in the past four seasons.

Nick Markakis to undergo neck surgery Wednesday

Nick Markakis

When the Braves signed Nick Markakis to a four-year, $44 million contract they knew the veteran outfielder might need surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and sure enough he’s now scheduled to go under the knife Wednesday.

Markakis’ “fusion surgery” carries with it an expected eight-week recovery timetable, which doesn’t leave a ton of extra time before the start of spring training.

He was initially diagnosed with the injury in March of 2013 and has hit just .274 with a .707 OPS in 315 games since then.

Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano’s deal with the Braves is worth $6 million

cuba hat

Last week the Braves signed 25-year-old Cuban outfielder Dian Toscano and now we know the details, with Jesse Sanchez of reporting that he’ll get $6 million over four years. Atlanta will also have a fifth-year team option built into the contract, which would bring the total value to $7.5 million.

At the time of the signing several sources described Toscano as a low-upside player who might be best suited for a fourth outfielder gig, but clearly the Braves think he has the potential to be a productive regular.

His power is limited, but he’s posted strong batting averages with good strike-zone control in Cuba and figures to be a corner outfielder in the majors.

Mets designate Gonzalez Germen for assignment

Gonzalez Germen Mets

To make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder John Mayberry Jr. the Mets have designated for assignment right-hander Gonzalez Germen.

Germen spent parts of the past two seasons in the Mets’ bullpen, posting a combined 4.31 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 65 innings. However, he also walked 4.2 batters per nine innings and is 27 years old.

He should latch on somewhere as a useful middle reliever and it’s a little surprising that the Mets were willing to give up on him for nothing so soon.