Brett Anderson has nine seasons in the majors under his belt. Across stints with Oakland, the Rockies, the Dodgers, Blue Jays and Cubs he’s posted a career 4.04 ERA.
Brett Anderson placed sixth in the AL ROY voting in 2009 and followed that with a 2.80 ERA season in 2010. His ERA has gone up and down since then, including an 11.91 ERA season in 2016.
He’s been plagued by injury over the past several seasons, but if he can stay healthy he’d be a good option for a fifth-man in the starting rotation. Given the injuries and performances of the past couple season, he’s a prime candidate for a cheap one-year deal to the Detroit Tigers.
Providing he can stay healthy, he’s young enough that a decent year would allow the Tigers to trade him at near the deadline. He’s also the kind of player the Detroit Tigers could keep around while they’re rebuilding.
He has veteran experience that could be worthwhile for up and coming prospects. The Detroit Tigers could also sign him to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training, which would be even better for the team. Anderson might be looking for a big league deal, however.
Each of these players provides the Detroit Tigers with an insurance option for the starting rotation. They can provide cheap deals, that if they perform well enough could be flippable for prospects in return.