Pittsburgh Pirates: Phillies In Talks With Pitcher Tyler Anderson

PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 27: Tyler Anderson #31 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the fourth inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park on April 27, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 27: Tyler Anderson #31 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the fourth inning during the game against the Kansas City Royals at PNC Park on April 27, 2021 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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One of the teams who have been connected to Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter Tyler Anderson has started to make a potential push for the left-hander.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to shop left-handed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson this upcoming trade deadline. One of the teams who has previously been connected to the southpaw, the Philadephia Phillies, are now discussing with the Bucs over the starter.

Anderson has been a quality back of the rotation-type starting pitcher this year. Through 103.1 innings, Anderson has a 4.35 ERA, 4.26 FIP, and 1.2 WHIP. The underlying numbers support his bottom line as he has a 4.40 xFIP, 4.42 SIERA, and 4.29 xERA. Anderson walked just 5.8% of all batters he’s faced this season, though he has just a 20% K-rate and 1.39 HR/9.

Anderson’s value comes from his durability and consistency. In all 18 of his starts, he has gone at least 5 innings. In 15 of his total outings, he’s given up 3 or fewer earned runs. He gives his team a chance to win almost every time he takes the mound. His bottom line is a bit inflated because between the three starts he gave up more than 3 ER, he has given up 19 earned runs in 16 innings. Outside of those starts, he has a 3.64 ERA and 3.81 FIP

The Phillies don’t have the best farm system but have more than enough to acquire Tyler Anderson. Anderson is a rental back of the rotation starting pitcher, but a solid one at that. The Bucs should still get something of note in the return. Keep tuned as the deadline approaches quickly and Anderson, as well as others such as Richard Rodriguez and Chris Stratton could be on the move very soon as well.

It sounds like a deal is getting close with potentially two prospects going back for Anderson.  Time will tell what the veteran starter can bring back, but it could be pretty solid.  After all, teams are always looking for pitching,

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