MLB Breaking News: Anderson Heads to Philly for 2021

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This MLB Breaking News comes in the shape of free agent Chase Anderson joining the Phillies on a one-year deal. With an offense as strong as the Phillies, they need to ensure their pitching line-up is just as strong to compete with their NL East counterparts.

With the Mets and Braves getting stronger, the Phillies need to find a way to get through their division and head to the playoffs. The big news of Realmuto signing on for a few more years has certainly helped that case, but they needed a potential 5th rotation starter to further boost their pitching line-up.

We touched on their potential pitching roles, but it looks like that has changed with this acquisition.

MLB Breaking News: Phillies find their 5th Starter

In a story first broken by Jon Heyman, the Phillies have acquired Anderson to a one-year contract worth $4m, as reported by Jesse Rogers of ESPN.

The 5th spot was a role split between Vince Velasquez and Spencer Howard in 2020, so with Velasquez likely to take the 4th spot after Jake Arrieta became a free agent, the Phillies needed a reliable starting pitcher.

MLB Breaking News: Anderson Brings Much Needed Experience

Chase Anderson has been in the Majors for seven seasons, amassing 890.2 innings in that time. After just a season with the Toronto Blue Jays and an ERA of 7.22, he has found himself heading to Philadelphia.

He was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009, making his Big League debut for them in 2014. After two seasons, 15 wins, and an ERA of 4.18, he headed to the Milwaukee Brewers.

He spent four solid seasons with the Brewers, showing his quality particularly in 2017 and 2018. He finished 12-4 and an ERA of 2.74 in 2017 before a 9-8 record in 2018, with an ERA of 3.93.

He has never been much of a strikeout pitcher, but he’s been generally consistent, making him a more viable option than Spencer Howard at this current moment.

With Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, and Zach Eflin heading the Phillies’ rotation, they have a solid core to work around, thus making the 4th and 5th starter positions that much more important.

Arrieta, Howard, and Velasquez weren’t particularly impressive in 2020, but Velasquez showed more power with his pitching, thus making him an intriguing pitcher for 2021.

Howard has developed significantly since he was drafted in 2017, but he will need time and experience before a starting role becomes a regular thing for him.

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