A day after agreeing to a one-year contract with Trevor Cahill, the Oakland A’s have reunited with another former member of the green and gold — Brett Anderson — according to media reports.
Anderson, 30, confirmed Susan Slusser of the Chronicle’s report via his Twitter account, changing his bio to the following: “My grammar is terrible…and I throw baseballs for the A’s again…”
Originally acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in December of 2007, Anderson was sent to the Colorado Rockies a couple of months after the 2012 season.
The left-hander, who has struggled to stay healthy — clearing the 30-start plateau just twice in his nine seasons — stumbled through an injury-riddled 2017. Anderson made 13 starts while splitting the season between the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays, running up a 6.34 ERA and surrendering 94 baserunners in 53.1 innings.
Considering his injury track record, Anderson is nothing more than a low-risk lottery ticket for a club lacking for experienced major league pitchers. As it currently stands, Kendall Graveman and Sean Manaea are locked into the top two rotation spots and then the jockeying begins. Paul Blackburn, Andrew Triggs and Daniel Mengden are the favorites for the final three jobs but Cahill and even Anderson should factor into that equation in the not too distant future.
For Anderson’s part, his most-recent run of extended success came back in 2015 when he produced a 3.69 ERA in 31 starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Graveman gets the opening day nod, again. For the second time in as many seasons, Graveman will start Game 1 of 162. Melvin confirmed the assignment, per MLB.com’s Jane Lee, but the news hardly comes as a surprise.
“He probably knew a month ago,” Melvin joked.
The A’s open 2018 at the Coliseum at 1:05 p.m. on March 29.
Clock keeps ticking on Santiago Casilla. Time is running short for the right-handed reliever to get ready for the start of the season. Casilla, who hasn’t pitched in a spring game since March 12 due to shoulder tightness, is planning to throw to hitters on Wednesday and aiming to get into a game over the weekend, according to Slusser.
Dogged by a shoulder problem — often an ominous injury for any pitcher — Casilla is shaping up to be an expensive liability for the A’s. He’s let in seven earned runs in 4.2 Cactus League innings and is scheduled to be the highest-paid pitcher ($6 million) and tied as the third-highest compensated member of the A’s in 2018.Brett Andersoncactus leagueKendall GravemanMLBOakland AthleticsSantiago Casillaspring training