Tyler Anderson led the Dodgers in innings pitched in 2022 and finished fifth in the National League in ERA, bringing an unexpected steadiness to a starting rotation that had a lot more volatility than they might have expected. Only Anderson and Julio Urias remained healthy all season, with Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, Dustin May, and Andrew Heaney all missing significant time with injuries.
On Tuesday, instead of accepting L.A.’s qualifying offer of $19.65 million for 2023, Anderson chose to sign with the Orange County Angels of the Greater Tustin Area for three years and $39 million. For a guy who had only made about $17 million in his entire career thus far, it’s a huge, well-deserved payday for the breakout star.
On Wednesday, Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior talked with Christopher “Angry Puppy” Russo about what Anderson brought to the team and how much they’ll miss him.
“I mean he was a guy who had 180 innings for us. He was another stabilizing force who could eat innings when we needed to when we were in a pinch. And we were always in every game except I think one or two games, and even in those games he picked us up and went deep into a game to save our bullpen to give us a chance to win games down the line. …
“I think all of us at the Dodgers are really excited and happy for him but it’s a big loss for us and our pitching staff.”
It is definitely a big loss for Los Angeles, but luckily it comes early in the offseason so they can make other plans for 2023. Anderson was a lot more popular than you might expect for a guy who rarely showed emotion of any kind, but something about his demeanor makes you just want to root for him. It will be harder with him playing down the road in Villa Park or wherever, but we can still root for him to have success. And if nothing else, he got his big payday, so kudos for that.
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