A’s trade left-hander Brett Anderson to Rockies

Carlos Osorio/APA’s starting pitcher Jesse Chavez takes his hat off after being relieved in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s loss in Detroit.

The A’s found a trade partner for pitcher Brett Anderson and his big salary.

The A’s dealt the left-hander and cash to the Colorado Rockies for lefty Drew Pomeranz and minor league right-hander Chris Jensen on Tuesday. Two-time AL West champion Oakland had been looking to move Anderson, who is due to make $8 million this season and has a $12 million contract option for the 2015 season. That includes a $1.5 million buyout.

The 25-year-old Anderson was the Athletics’ starter on opening day this year. He went 1-4 with a 6.04 in five starts and 16 appearances, finishing up as a reliever in an injury-interrupted season.

“Thanks to the A’s Organization and Fans for everything,” Anderson posted on Twitter. “I’ll nothing but fond memories of my time there.”

Of his move to Denver, he added: “Peyton Manning and I are going to become best friends…fact.”

This marked A’s general manager Billy Beane’s fourth trade in just over a week.

“We had a lot of starting pitching, and in the acquisition of Pomeranz, it allows us to turn back the clock a little with another very talented left-hander,” Beane said at the winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Anderson, a second-round draft pick by Arizona in 2006, has been plagued by injuries in recent years.

He returned in the summer of 2012 after missing 14 months following Tommy John elbow surgery. During his lengthy rehab, Anderson worked to improve his fitness and lost more than 20 pounds. He then missed four months this past season with a sprained right ankle and stress fracture in his right foot.

“Great talent and certainly moments of brilliance,” Beane said. “From the Rockies end, they’re probably getting him at a great time.”

The power-armed Pomeranz was on the disabled list late in the season with left biceps tendinitis.

He went 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA in with four starts and eight outings for 21²⁄³ innings. He went 2-9 in 22 starts the previous year. Beane envisions keeping him as a starter at this stage, but eventually could work into a bullpen role.

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