PITTSBURGH — After trading away Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon in January, the Pirates supplemented their rotation Tuesday by agreeing to a Major League deal with left-hander
The club has not confirmed the deal, which is pending a physical and is valued at $2.5 million when finalized, per a source.
Anderson, 31, broke out in 2016 with the Rockies, recording a 3.54 ERA in 19 starts despite calling hitter-friendly Coors Park his home. Since then, he’s recorded a 5.02 ERA in 67 appearances (63 starts) over four seasons — three with the Rockies, and last season with the Giants when he posted his second-best career ERA (4.37).
The changeup was Anderson’s biggest tool in 2020, as he increased the offering’s usage to a career-high 33% while allowing a .214/.236/.306 line against it. He also mixes in three fastballs — a four-seamer that averages 90.3 mph, a cutter and a sinker — with an infrequent slider.
With a Major League deal, Anderson figures to compete for a spot in the Pirates’ rotation, currently topped by Steven Brault, Mitch Keller and Chad Kuhl. Behind them, JT Brubaker, Cody Ponce and Wil Crowe will also compete for the fourth and fifth spots.