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.
Last year, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell‘s wife Melisa made an Instagram post in which she accused her husband of cheating on her. Melisa’s friend added a comment in which she alleged Addison had been physically abusive towards Melisa. Addison denied the allegations. Major League Baseball started an investigation, but Melisa chose not to cooperate. Addison was not punished and the issue mostly went away.
On Wednesday, Melisa posted on her WordPress blog, which is linked on her Instagram with over 44,000 followers. In the post, Melisa details years of emotional, verbal, and physical abuse from Addison. Addison’s behavior, as detailed by Melisa, checks many of the boxes listed by The National Domestic Violence Hotline. As the abuse went on, Melisa says she suffered from depression. Eventually, she filed for divorce and began to regain control of her life, ultimately gaining the courage to come forward with what she had been through.
Read Melisa’s post if you want to know the full details of what went on. The details may be triggering for those of you who have also suffered abuse or are sensitive to the idea.
The Cubs and Major League Baseball should attempt to speak with Melisa to develop a strategy moving forward. Melisa may not cooperate again, which is her right and would not in any way diminish her allegations. If Melssa agrees, the Cubs should suspend Russell immediately and indefinitely. Failing that, Major League Baseball should suspend Russell immediately and indefinitely.
Victims of abuse, usually cisgender women and transgender people, have nothing material to gain by coming forward with allegations, particularly against someone in the public spotlight with legions of fans who will defend their favorite player to an unhealthy degree. Those who do come forward with details of their abuse should be given the benefit of the doubt and applauded for their courage.