Though acquiring arms at a rapid pace, it appears that the Oakland Athletics are looking to trade starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Per ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Cleveland Indians are reportedly one of the few teams interested in acquiring the 25-year-old southpaw.
Oakland is said to be working through Brett Anderson trade possibilities; Seattle and Cleveland are among the interested teams.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 3, 2013
In his five years in the big leagues, Anderson has a record of 26-29 but has been considerably limited by injuries over the last two seasons. In 2010, Anderson was one of the league’s best pitchers as measured by ERA, allowing an average of just 2.80 over the course of 111 innings. Unfortunately, he has appeared in just 54 games over the course of the last four seasons.
Under contract for $8 million in 2014, with a $12 million club option for 2015, Anderson could prove to be a gamble in the way the left-handed Scott Kazmir was a season ago. Excercising Anderson’s option in November, the Athletics recently signed Kazmir to a two-year deal worth a reported $22 million.