Tyler Anderson begins to warm up with the Los Angeles Angels, his new team.
He signed a three-year contract worth $40 million, posting a 2.57 ERA in 178.1 innings with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022.
There are several positives with his decision to move.
First, he receives a very good salary, much more than the average MLB player.
Second, he gets job security, as evidenced by the three-year commitment.
“Tyler Anderson on playing with Shohei Ohtani next season: ‘I’m so glad I don’t have to face him anymore,'” Angels reporter Sarah Valenzuela tweeted.
Tyler Anderson on playing with Shohei Ohtani next season: “I’m really glad I don’t have to face him anymore.”
— Sarah Valenzuela (@Sarah_IsabelVee) November 17, 2022
He doesn’t have to face Ohtani anymore!
Instead, the southpaw will be Ohtani’s teammate and get to know and learn from him.
It’s a fantastic compromise.
Anderson has been magnificent in 2022, with that 2.57 ERA in 178.1 innings.
Two different pitchers that can contribute to the same spin
Ohtani, however, was even better.
The two-way star covered 166 images with an MPM of 2.33.
His 219 strikeouts, however, were far more than Anderson’s 138.
They have different styles: one is a finesse control and command artist who thrives on hitting his spots, while the other is an overpowered hitting machine with elite fastball speed and a disgusting separator.
We don’t have to tell you which is which.
Nonetheless, Anderson was really strong in 2022 and showed he deserved a nice long-term contract.
He’s not Ohtani, but he doesn’t have to be to make his signing worthwhile.
He can thrive with his 90mph fastball and plus drive.
The Angels need him if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
In fact, they rely on him.