Brett Anderson becomes free agent after Rockies decline 2015 option

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As first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Rockies have declined their $12 million club option on Brett Anderson for 2015. The oft-injured left-hander will receive a $1.5 million buyout and hit free agency.

Anderson missed a big chunk of time this year due to a fractured left index finger and eventually had season-ending back surgery in August, but he was effective for the Rockies when healthy, posting a 2.91 ERA and 29/13 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings over eight starts. He had a ground ball rate of 61 percent.

Given Anderson’s lengthy injury history, it’s understandable why the Rockies declined the option, but there should be plenty of teams willing to take a flier on him for 2015. He doesn’t turn 27 until February.