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.

A couple of former major leaguers choose to stay in Asia

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Two guys who spent some time in the bigs but who have found more success in Asia have decided to stay in Asia.

Darin Ruf has re-signed with the Samsung Lions of KBO, per MLB Trade Rumors. Ruf, who played five years for the Phillies but didn’t really have the numbers to stick, has stuck just fine in Korea. In two seasons in the offense-friendly league he has hit 64 homers and has put up a line of .322/.412/.587. His new deal with Samsung will pay him a guaranteed $1.4 million with $300K in potential bonuses.

The other guy — Nick Martinez — has signed a $2.5 million plus incentives deal to stay with the Nippon Ham Fighters of NPB. The former Rangers starter went 10-11 with a 3.51 ERA for the Fighters in 2018. He was 17-30 with a 4.77 ERA in four seasons with Texas.

Maybe Ruf and Martinez still have U.S. major league dreams, but guaranteed bucks in the Korean and Japanese majors is better than signing minor league deals and riding busses here.