The Cubs announced Thursday a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Brett Anderson, an announcement that was anticipated after reporting earlier this week.
The team made things official Thursday, adding the left-hander to its 40-man roster.
Anderson spent the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, though his 2016 campaign was derailed by injury, as has so often been the case throughout the 29-year-old's major league career. Last season, Anderson pitched in just four games.
The year prior was only the second time in his eight big league seasons Anderson made 30 starts in a single season. During the 2015 season, he was 10-9 for the Dodgers with a 3.69 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 31 starts.
Anderson started 30 games for the Oakland A's as a rookie during the 2009 season and struck out 150 batters, finishing sixth in American League Rookie of the Year voting. But as the years went on, his durability went down. He started 19 games in 2010, 13 in 2011 and six in 2012. He made 22 total appearances with the A's and Colorado Rockies during the 2013 and 2014 seasons.
Given those health concerns, the Cubs reportedly structured the contract in a very interesting fashion, as chronicled by MLB Network's Jon Heyman.
Brett Anderson: 3.5M plus 500K for 11 games, 750K for 14 and 17, 1M for 20, 23 and 26, 1.5M for 29 games. 10M max #cubs— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 26, 2017
The Cubs add Anderson to a group of starting pitchers that includes Cy Young contenders Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks at the top of the rotation and veteran John Lackey in the No. 4 spot. While Mike Montgomery is the odds-on favorite for the final spot in the rotation entering spring training, Anderson is now in the mix.