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Blue Jays trade for Chase Anderson

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The Blue Jays have traded for Chase Anderson from the Brewers, with Chad Spanberger going to Milwaukee.

Chase turns 32 at the end of the month. He’s a right-handed pitcher with 6 years of MLB experience. He was a 9th round draft pick in the 2009 draft but the Diamondbacks. He’s been a starter in the majors since 2014.

Over the 6 season he has a 53-40 record with a 3.94 ERA in 166 game, 160 starts. In 857 inning he’s allowed 800 hits, 281 walks and 721 strikeouts.

His best season was 2017 when he had a 2.74 ERA in 25 starts. Last year wasn’t so good, he had a 4.21 ERA in 32 games, 27 starts.

Baseball Reference says his fastball averaged 93.6 MPH last year. They show him throwing a cutter, slider, changeup and curve.

We picked up Spanberger from the Rockies along with Forrest Wall for Seunghwan Oh back at the deadline in 2018. He didn’t have a great season, this year, hitting .237/.308/.399 with 13 home runs for the Fisher Cats.

I’m happy with the deal. Getting a starting pitcher for a fringe prospect is a pretty good thing.

Anderson signed a two year contract after the 2017 season with options for 2020 and 2021 at $8.5-million and $9.5-million respectively, with each with $500,000 buyouts. Theoretically, if the Jays declined the option he’d remain arbitration eligible for 2020, but MLBTR projects he’s be awarded a salary just over $10-million, so that wouldn’t make sense.