The Brewers have several decisions to make this offseason for contracts in the 2018 season and beyond. This morning, they made the first of those decisions.
The Brewers have announced that they have signed starting pitcher Chase Anderson to a two-year deal through the 2019 season. The deal also includes two club options for 2020 and 2021. The contract will guarantee Anderson $11.75 million, and he can earn up to $31.35 million if both options are picked up and he hits all of his incentives.
Adam McCalvy has the full breakdown of the contract:
Anderson gets $1M bonus, $4.25M in '18, $6M in '19.— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) October 26, 2017
Club options $8.5M in '20, $9.5M in '21. $500K buyouts of each.
As a Super Two player, Anderson was entering his second year of arbitration this offseason. Last year, he went to arbitration and lost his case, earning $2.45 million in 2017. This deal will cover Anderson’s three remaining years of arbitration, plus a year of free agency.
Chase Anderson had a breakout year in 2017, his second season with the Brewers. His ERA dropped from 4.39 to 2.74 and his FIP from 5.09 to 3.58. His ERA led the starting pitchers for the season, and he was second on the team in strikeouts with 133. He missed some time in the middle of the season with an oblique injury, but finished off the season with a strong September.
This deal helps the Brewers secure their future in the rotation a little. The Brewers have several more decisions to make in regards to potential extensions and arbitration contracts this offseason, so this is the first of several decisions to come.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball-Reference.