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Evaluating A's free agents in 2018 MLB offseason: Brett Anderson

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Evaluating A's free agents in 2018 MLB offseason: Brett Anderson

Brett Anderson is coming off an up-and-down season that saw him finish 4-5 with a 4.48 ERA and 1..28 WHIP. The 30-year-old southpaw also made two trips to the disabled list with shoulder and forearm injuries.

Anderson found his form in the month of August, compiling a 2.15 ERA in five starts, but the rest of the season was mostly a struggle. Overall, 2018 represented an improvement from his 6.34 ERA in 2017, but this was clearly not the same Anderson from his first stint in Oakland.

Anderson signed a minor league contract with the A's in March and earned $1.5 million when he made the 40-man roster and pitched in the big leagues.

Why the A's should re-sign him

When healthy, Anderson could be a decent number five starter in the A's rotation. He is comfortable in Oakland and could provide depth for the A's in the case of injuries to other starting pitchers. He also doesn't figure to draw much interest around the league and should therefore be affordable once again.

Why the A's should let him go

Anderson has struggled the last few seasons. Between injuries and ineffectiveness, he struggled to find a rhythm in 2018. Oakland has better starting pitching options, even though some of them are currently injured. Another $1.5 million contract might be too much to spend on a fringe starting pitcher with a history of injuries.

Verdict

The A's will most likely move on from Anderson. Even though they could probably sign him for a reasonable price, the A's would prefer to turn to younger starters like Daniel Mengden, Frankie Montas,  Jesús Luzardo, and when healthy, A.J. Puk and Jharel Cotton. Anderson's inconsistency the last few seasons makes him hard to rely on as more than a long reliever or depth starter.

MLB rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

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MLB rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

A familiar name recently has been mentioned with the A's.

Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who spent seven seasons with the team, reportedly has been approached by the organization about a possible reunion.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the 12-year veteran has interest from the green and gold about a deal next season.

Suzuki was granted free agency this offseason after finishing his 2018 campaign with the Braves slashing .271/.332/.444 with 94 hits and 12 home runs in 105 games. His resume includes an All-Star selection in 2015 with the Twins and two postseason appearances.

The A's traded Suzuki to the Nationals in 2012, then was reacquired by the A's in 2013 for a short stint.

MLB Rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

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MLB Rumors: A's talking to former catcher Kurt Suzuki about possible reunion

A familiar name has been mentioned with the A's recently. Catcher Kurt Suzuki, who spent seven seasons with the team, has been approached by the organization about a possible reunion.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, the 12-year veteran has interest from the green and gold about a deal next season.

Suzuki was granted free agency this offseason after finishing his 2018 campaign with the Braves slashing .271/.332/.444 with 94 hits and 12 home runs in 105 games. His resume includes an All-Star selection in 2015 with the Twins and two postseason appearances.

The A's traded Suzuki to the Nationals in 2012 then was reaquired by the A's in 2013 for a short stint.