With free agency underway, Tyler Anderson makes the deadline of players the Dodgers sent a qualifying offer to giving Anderson something to consider. Anderson of course can explore the market if he chooses to decline the one-year $19.65 million and opt into free agency.
It seems more than likely Anderson will test the market has only 11 players of the 110 who have been given qualifying offers since 2012 have accepted it (via MLB). Although the team would love to bring Anderson back, his lights-out performances all season long will warrant big money which will open the door for the Dodgers to try and match other offers.
The full qualifying offer list, per ESPN sources:
– Aaron Judge
– Trea Turner
– Xander Bogaerts
– Jacob DeGrom
– Dansby Swanson
– Carlos Rodón
– Brandon Nimmo
– Willson Contreras
– Chris Bassitt
– Anthony Rizzo
– Tyler Anderson
– Martín Perez
– Joc Pederson
– Nathan Eovaldi
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 10, 2022
Anderson scorched the league with a 15-5 record and 2.57 ERA and remains a topic of discussion with how different the postseason could’ve been for the Dodgers if he wasn’t pulled early in game four. Nonetheless, with all the pitching concerns surrounding the Dodgers at the end of the season it’s no question bringing Anderson back will be a top priority for the team.
If Anderson were to decline the offer, it puts the Dodgers in a bind and the fanbase will truly see where the priorities lie for the team. Will the Dodgers elect to focus their attention on Trea Turner or will they go all in on a guy like Aaron Judge?
With these question marks left to be answered, the status of Anderson returning to the Dodgers truly remains up in the air.
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