Left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson has decided to accept the one-year, $15.8 million qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.
"Here's to being back in Dodger Blue for at least another year." - @BrettAnderson35
Earlier on Friday, Anderson was the only player who did not make a choice on accepting or declining, while post players already had a strong idea of their choice, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports noted.
Obviously, Anderson took his time and made the choice to join Colby Rasmus of the Houston Astros and Matt Wieters of the Baltimore Orioles as players to accept the qualifying offer this offseason.
After spending the first five seasons with the Oakland Athletics (2009-2013) and one season with the Colorado Rockies (2014), Anderson spent his first season in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2006 MLB Draft.
With the Dodgers, Anderson went 10-9 with a 3.69 ERA over 31 starts. He missed the 200.0 inning mark by 19.2 innings pitched, which is not bad considering it is the most innings pitched of his entire career. Over Anderson's seven-year career, he is 37-41 with a 3.72 ERA over 674.1 innings pitched.
After three straight offseasons of no player accepting a qualifying offer, Anderson made his mark as the third to accept this offseason.
Anderson will look to make his first All-Star team in 2016 with the Dodgers. He will be surrounded by Clayton Kershaw and possibly another tier-one ace on the staff next season. The Dodgers could bring back Zack Grienke or go after Johnny Cueto, Yovani Gallardo, David Price, Jordan Zimmermann or even Doug Fister.
The lefty will be in the starting rotation regardless of who the Dodgers get this offseason. When he is 100 percent healthy, Anderson is dominant. If not perfectly healthy, he really struggles.