Though the Rockies declined their $12 million club option on Brett Anderson Saturday afternoon, the club would still like to bring the lefty back, MLB.com’s Thomas Harding reports. They’ll pay him a $1.5 million buyout as Anderson is now a free agent.
In the scant time Anderson was able to take the hill, he pitched well, finishing with a 2.91 ERA with a 29/13 K/BB ratio in 43 1/3 innings across eight starts. However, Anderson suffered a fractured finger in mid-April, which required surgery and kept him out until the All-Star break. In early August, he was diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back. That, too, required surgery.
Anderson has not pitched a full season since 2009. As a result, any interested team would be taking on a significant injury risk by signing Anderson, but the injury history also depresses his value, making him an obvious buy-low target.