A's Trade Brett Anderson to Colorado Rockies

Published: Dec 10, 2013 18:55pm EST
By JasonNeal, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Dec 10, 2013 @ 06:59pm EST


Brett Anderson, the 25-year-old starting pitcher who has struggled with injuries in recent years, was traded to the Colorado Rockies this afternoon for LHP Drew Pomeranz and Class A RHP Chris Jensen.  Speculation ran rampant since the end of the season that the Oakland Athletics had more than enough starting pitchers and not enough spots for them to fill.  The A’s picked up Anderson’s $8 million option, and traded him to Colorado leaving the Green and Gold with a starting rotation comprised of Jarrod Parker, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir, Dan Straily, and A.J. Griffin, not to mention Tommy Milone sitting readily available should any unforeseen circumstance come up with any of the A’s starters.

So what do the Colorado Rockies get in Brett Anderson? Well, first and foremost, he is brilliant on Twitter (@Brettanderson49).  Seriously.  Secondly, he granted me my first interview with a player ever and could not have been more accommodating/sarcastic/witty with his responses.  He also has a strong affinity for cats and memes. Oh, you meant what do you get from a pitching perspective and what he brings to the field?  My bad. 

Anderson has four quality pitches; fastball, curve, changeup, and a slider.  He has a slight issue with being able to stay healthy for an entire season; missing games in 2010-2013 due to Tommy John surgery, an oblique strain, foot issues, and a strain in his forearm.  When Brett Anderson is right, he is fantastic on the mound.  Looking at his numbers, you might deduce something different, but there are more than numbers that go into baseball and it must be understood that he was fighting injuries, so the ERA and WHIP must be viewed with rose-colored glasses.

In Anderson’s best season to date, he started 19 games, had a 2.80 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP.  The year before that he started 30 games, went 11-11, had a 4.06 ERA and had a 1.28 WHIP.  Anderson is a grinder, does not give up many home run balls, and has good to great control.  If he could stay healthy for an entire season or more, this will be a steal for the Rockies.  At 25, Anderson could have plenty of productive seasons left in him and the Rockies could use some solid play from a starter on a consistent basis. 

While the Rockies have not had their ESPN website updated to reflect this change, he will likely be a top two starter depending on what type of year Jorge De La Rosa and Jhoulys Chacin have.  They both have had streaks of success, but have largely been marred with unsightly stat lines, especially De La Rosa.  So in short, Anderson will be leaned on to help a shallow starting rotation be relevant and decent.   

Brett Anderson thanked the A’s organization and its fan base via Twitter, “Thanks to the A's Organization and Fans for everything. I'll [have] nothing but fond memories of my time there”, then added, “Excited for a fresh start with the Rockies...I bet I look good in purple.”


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