I'm a baseball geek. Love stats, collected cards, enjoy the obscure players of yesteryear, read the box scores everyday, rummage through the minor league signings of ex-Major Leaguers, but somewhere I draw the line. That line is at Matt Anderson. I'm all for signing has-beens and never-quite-weres to minor league deals (ex- Delwyn Young, Wilson Valdez, Eddie Bonine, Pete Orr, Jeff Larish), but they've all had recent MLB exposure and/or success in the minors. Matt Anderson, not so much. He last pitched in the Majors in 2005 and in the minors in 2008. What the hell is the point of putting him on a minor league roster to take up innings that a maturing "prospect" could be logging? Anyway, the 1st overall pick by the Detroit Tigers back in the draft of 1997 has a career 15-7 record over 256.2 IP with a 5.19 ERA and 1.58 WHIP. I've already spent far more time that I should on this signing. I'll leave you with a comment from someone on BeerLeaguer about it...
Before we go ridiculing this signing, let's remember a few things:
(1) Starting pitchers get injured a lot, so it's important to have a competent 6th starter at AAA;
(2) On occasion, a starting rotation can even suffer 2 or 3 injuries at a time, so it's nice to have a 7th and 8th starter you can turn to in those situations;
(3) Even 6th, 7th, and 8th starters can get injured, so it's not a bad idea to have a 9th, 10th, and 11th starter just in case; and
(4) If catastrophic injuries hit, and your 9th, 10th, and 11th starters all get called up to the majors, you need a 12th, 13th, and 14th starter to replace them on the AAA roster.
Matt Anderson' star may have dimmed, but he's still a perfectly serviceable No. 14 starter. On lesser teams, he'd even be a No. 13.
Thing is, he never started a game in the majors, just 257 relief appearances.
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