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.
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.
On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, we get to know Kelly Crull. Kelly tells Luke Stuckmeyer about her love of bowling growing up, why she became a reporter and some of her favorite moments covering the Cubs.
01:00 Kelly's love of tennis at an early age
04:00 Following basketball while growing up in Indiana
06:00 Possible tennis showdown between Kelly and Megan Mawicke
09:30 Kelly talks about working in London & interviewing J.K. Rowling
14:00 When did she decide to become a reporter?
15:00 What is her favorite food?
16:00 Kelly's go-to karaoke song
18:00 Kelly's favorite NBA story (it involves Kevin Durant)
21:00 Favorite moments covering the Cubs
24:00 Dealing with the weather at Wrigley Field
28:00 Something we don't know about Kelly
31:00 What does Kelly enjoy watching at home the most?
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Kyle Hendricks’ last start on August 10 start against the Cincinnati Reds was his worst start of the season. He gave up 12 hits and 7 ER in 2.2 innings pitched amid a dreadful 10-1 loss, so Friday’s game against the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates was exactly what ‘The Professor’ needed to get back to his usual excellence. Unfortunately, it couldn’t help the right ship when it comes to the Cubs’ woeful road record.
This season Hendricks has fallen in line with the Cubs overall struggles on the road, as he is 4-7 with a 5.16 ERA away from Wrigley Field but PNC Park was quite kind to Hendricks on Friday night. He was extremely efficient on the night, tossing seven innings of three-hit ball, giving up one walk and one earned run.
Hendricks’ seven-innings pitched on Friday makes it back-to-back quality starts of the Cubs starters, following Yu Darvish’s squandered 10-strikeout outing on Thursday. Friday’s game also extends Hendricks run of dominance against the Pirates.
But the road woes won out as the Cubs bullpen--which was without several of their best relief arms on Thursday--was terrible again, giving up six earned runs for the second night in a row.
The bullpen did get some good news on Friday night, which was the return of relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler, who had not pitched since August 5. But--and almost no good Cubs news is without a but these days--Kintzler was called up in the ninth inning with one out to nail down the save and things went poorly, fast.
Three-straight walks and a Kevin Newman single later, and the Cubs had suffered their second-straight walk-off loss.
Hopefully, the Cubs have a short memory as they will get a chance to avenge Friday’s loss on Saturday afternoon at PNC Park. The North Siders are in the midst of a four-game losing streak and will have Jon Lester on the mound on Saturday. Lester has given up a combined 17 earned runs over his last three starts but had a quality start in his last outing against the Pirates, so as Kris Bryant stated, the Cubs have to “keep going”.
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