In what could prove to be a surprisingly good year for the Toronto Blue Jays, Ross Atkins has started early by acquiring a new starting pitch.
OFFICIAL: We've acquired RHP Chase Anderson from the @Brewers in exchange for Minor League INF/OF Chad Spanberger.
Anderson owns a 3.94 ERA over 6 MLB seasons. pic.twitter.com/zznkLURg0G
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) November 4, 2019
Chase Anderson is the Blue Jays’ first addition to the pitching staff in the offseason which is undoubtedly the biggest area of concern for the budding Blue Birds. Coming over from post-season primed Milwaukee, Anderson is going to be bringing a 4.21 ERA with him, inflating his career ERA to a still respectable 3.94.
The 31-year-old vet will be leading a massively green starting pitching core with only Julian Merryweather over 26 years of age. Veteran presence is needed to help shape these kids, but also to potentially turn into playing prospects come the trade deadline if the Jays are going to be sellers.
Thank god the memo is out on the Jays needing starting pitching. It literally couldn’t be worse than it was a year ago with Ryan Borucki hurt, Marcus Stroman traded, and Aaron Sanchez moved on from as well. Hopefully Anderson can steady the ship filled with 20-something millennials.
Ever heard of Chad Spanberger? Me neither. The utility infielder/outfielder was fighting a losing battle trying to get into a supremely talented infield group and likely wasn’t a top choice to duke it out for outfield reps either with the young core of players the Jays have lined up there, too.
The inevitability that is probably unlikely in reality is that we just devalued an infielder and moved on from them only to become another Gio Urshela who forced his way into a ridiculous Yankees lineup this season. I pray this doesn’t happen again, but mentally I’ve accepted that it already has. Regardless, I’ll take Rowdy Tellez over Spanberger any day, and even if he turns out to be a good player, he’s in the NL now, so who cares.
Solid move by the Jays, buying experience for an incredibly cheap price.