Pitcher Tyler Anderson declines Dodgers offer and signs with Angels

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tyler Anderson works against a San Diego Padres batter

Tyler Anderson pitches for the Dodgers in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Padres on October 15. (Ashley Landis / Associated Press)

Tyler Anderson will stay in Southland, but not with the Dodgers.

Instead of accepting the Dodgers’ eligible offer of one year and $19.65 million on Tuesday, the left-handed pitcher agreed to a three-year contract with the Angels worth $39 million, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. the situation that was not authorized. speaking in public.

The news broke Tuesday just before the 1 p.m. PST deadline for Anderson to accept his qualifying offer from the Dodgers. The Dodgers receive a draft allowance in return.

Star shortstop Trea Turner also turned down his qualifying offer from the Dodgers and instead remains a free agent, arguably getting one of the biggest contracts of any player available this winter.

That decision was expected and allows the Dodgers to receive more draft pick compensation if Turner also signs elsewhere.

Anderson’s move to the other side of town, on the other hand, came as a belated surprise.

The 32-year-old journeyman had a breakthrough in the 2022 season with the Dodgers, who needed him to take on a much more prominent role than initially expected when he signed a one-year, $8 million deal in the spring.

After starting the season in the bullpen as a long reliever, Anderson was forced into the rotation due to injuries, and he quickly blossomed with a reworked pitching arsenal focused on a devastating substitution.

In 30 appearances (28 starts), Anderson went 15-5 with a 2.57 ERA. He earned his first career nod to the All-Star Game. He also had the best performance of any of the Dodgers’ starters during their brief postseason run, pitching five scoreless innings in Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the San Diego Padres.

Going into the off-season, it was not certain that Anderson would receive a qualifying offer from the team, as the salary of nearly $20 million was expected to exceed the annual value he would receive in a long-term contract time on the open market.

However, before last Thursday’s deadline, the club decided to extend it.

Anderson took until Tuesday’s deadline to make his decision. According to a person with knowledge of the situation, he had remained indecisive Monday evening and Tuesday afternoon.

Ultimately, however, he was secured a multi-year contract by the Angels, who have now signed pitchers to multi-year contracts in back-to-back offseasons after failing to do so the previous seven winters.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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