The Pirates signed Tyler Anderson to eat some innings out of the rotation. He provided the Pirates with a 4.35 ERA, 4.27 FIP, and 1.20 WHIP in 103.1 innings of work. He wasn’t overly dominant, but he gave the Pirates exactly what they wanted. He went at least five innings in all of his starts as a Pirate and gave up three or fewer earned runs in all but two outings. He was the quintessential solid, durable, back-of-the-rotation arm.
That garnered a fair bit of trade interest around the deadline. After a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies fell through, the Pirates ended up sending the southpaw to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Joaquin Tejeda and catcher Carter Bins. He ended up posting a 4.81 ERA, 4.52 FIP, and 1.32 WHIP. Although those weren’t as good of numbers as when he was with the Pirates, he did have one blow-up start where he gave up nine earned runs in just two innings. That seriously inflated his numbers, given that outside of that start, he had a 3.66 ERA as a Mariner.
Anderson hit free agency this offseason and landed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers were one of the teams to kick the tires on Anderson back during the trade deadline.
Though it looks like he’ll piggyback games, at least to start the season. In his first game, Anderson came out of the pen after Tony Gonsolin started the game and pitched three innings. Anderson would go on to fire four more innings, giving up just one earned run, racking up four K’s, and allowing no free passes.