Brett Anderson’s New Deal

On Friday the Oakland Athletics locked up their young and soon to be ace Brett Anderson. He signed a 4 year/12.5 million dollar deal through 2013. This deal also includes a club-option for 2014 and 2015. This deal was a very smart one by Oakland because Anderson has a lot of potential and upside. Brett Anderson has started out this 2010 season extremely well. He had a little hiccup against Baltimore yesterday but do not expect that to happen that often this season. I know its an extremely small sample size, but he is getting more ground balls (57.1% this year vs. 50.9% last year), giving up less walks per 9 (1.59 this season and 2.31 last season), and his FIP is almost a full run and a half lower in 2010. Another good sign is that he has yet to give up a home run in three starts when he gave up 20 last year in 175.1 innings of work. The Athletics have surprised some so far this year with a 9-5 record which is 4th best in the American League. Oakland has a nice rotation and a good core of young players. Brett Anderson is undoubtedly in my top 5 favorite pitchers to watch and his slider is quite underrated. I would love to see Oakland contend in the AL West again and locking up Brett Anderson will surely help.

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