UPDATE: According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Anderson could earn a maximum of $31 million if both option years are exercised. He’s guaranteed $12.5 million over the four year contract with a $1 million signing bonus and a $1.5 million buyout. He could potentially earn $8 million in 2014 and $12 million in 2015.
7:09 pm: The Athletics inked left-hander Brett Anderson to a four-year contract through the 2013 season, the team announced on Friday afternoon. The contract includes club options for 2014 and 2015. Financial details were not disclosed.
The extension covers his final two years of pre-arbitration and his first two years of arbitration, while the options consist of his final year in the process and his first year of free agency.
Anderson, 22, was 11-11 with a 4.06 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and a 150/45 K/BB ratio in his rookie campaign with the Athletics last season, emerging as one of the most promising young left-handers in the game. He’s already off to a fantastic start this season, tossing 12 scoreless innings to begin his second year in the bigs.
There’s obviously a bit of an injury risk attached with any young pitcher, especially one who threw 175 1/3 innings in his first major league season, but the Athletics could save millions in the long run.
Fox Sports Detroit has named Matt Shepard their new full-time play-by-play guy for Tigers games. Shepard will work with analysts Jack Morris and Kirk Gibson, who will split time.
This is the move in response to former longtime announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen getting suspended and later fired following an in-booth altercation in Chicago last September. The two of them, who weren’t exactly friends, reportedly fought over a chair, with conflicting reports of how serious the fight was. An anonymous witness said Allen put Impemba in a choke hold. Allen recently gave an interview in which he denied that and said it was only some pushing and shoving. Either way, it ended their 16-year team-up for Tigers games.
Shepard has worked for Fox Sports Detroit for nearly 20 years, doing fill-in play-by-play for the Tigers — he replaced Impemba for the last few weeks of last season — and for Detroit Pistons games. Gibson has been a part time analyst for the network for the past couple of seasons, splitting time with Allen. Morris has done Tigers, Blue Jays and Twins games over the years, sometimes even splitting time between the Twins and Tigers, which is rather unusual.
Shepard is pretty good at his job. While Tigers fans liked and were familiar with Impemba, there won’t be a falloff in quality. Gibson makes some good analytical points and has a surprisingly sharp and biting sense of humor about him, but his gruff and monotone delivery is not everyone’s cup of tea. You get used to it. Morris is not my cup of tea — he tends to do a lot of the “back in my day” stuff former players often do — but I’m pretty sure he could recite the dictionary on TV in Detroit and a lot of Tigers fans would tune in. Such is life.