The A's signed left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson to a new four-year deal today. The terms of the deal have yet to be released, but it will erase the $410,000 Anderson was in line to receive this year and replace it with the four-year deal.
A club option for both the 2014 and 2015 season are included in the deal.
This should be seen as a huge success in the eyes of A's fans. Anderson is the fourth starter in the rotation this year, but has the stuff to be the leader of the pitching staff. In his rookie season last year, Anderson posted an 11-11 record with a 4.06 era. He also set an Oakland record and led the majors with strikeouts in a season for a rookie.
Anderson, 22, has pitched 12 scoreless innings to start the season (two starts) and has a measly 1.00 whip (walks plus hits per inning pitched). He has shown great command over each pitch.
The kid is the future of the A's rotation, so it was imperative the A's signed him long term. He could possibly be joined in the rotation in a few years by Trevor Cahill and Vin Mazzarro, which would have people re-labeling them "The Next Big Three."
Let's hope Anderson only improves because his stuff is Cy Young potential. A 95 mph fastball and a great changeup are pitches Anderson will use in essentially any count, but it's his slider that separates him from other pitchers. Running his slider in on the hands of a right-handed batter, the ball appears to drop off the table, giving the batter no opportunity whatsoever to put the ball in play. He has already made players look foolish with that pitch this season.
Here's to many more great years of Brett Anderson in green and gold!