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Athletics may look to trade left-hander Brett Anderson, Blue Jays believed to have interest

Oct 20, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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Oakland is stocked with good, young starting pitching. Which makes Brett Anderson — who finished the year in the bullpen — a potential trade candidate this winter. Anderson carries an $8 million club option for 2014. Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Susan Slusser:

It’s possible that the A’s will pick up Anderson’s option and then deal him; there are numerous interested teams, particularly Toronto, which has pursued the A’s Opening Day starter for two years and which had a scout following him again at the end of this season.

Anderson had Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in 2011 and has battled a range of injuries since, but he’s still a highly-thought-of talent with respectable career numbers. The 25-year-old southpaw would make a fine reclamation project for any club. And he holds a $12 million club option for 2015, so there’s an extra year of team control if the project becomes a success.

  1. mianfr - Oct 20, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    A chance to trade for an injured pitcher? Be still, Alex Anthopoulos’s beating heart.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      That is precisely why the Jays will not trade for him.

      • proudlycanadian - Oct 20, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Someone in Oakland is playing games with the media knowing that Toronto is not interested in signing another pitcher with a history of injuries, and knowing that Toronto never comments on trade rumors. Oakland is probably trying to drum up interest by this leak.

  2. drewzducks - Oct 20, 2013 at 4:55 PM

    Well I hope you enjoyed your taste of postseason baseball Brett.

  3. happytwinsfan - Oct 20, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    if he can fog the mirror the twins could use him.

  4. tuberippin - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:02 AM

    I think the Blue Jays organization as a whole has enough skill in having pitchers incur serious injuries on a regular basis. They don’t need Brett Anderson to bolster that reputation.

  5. voidhelix - Oct 21, 2013 at 4:58 AM

    Jays already have one broken lefty who features a slider and heavy sinking action ( Romero), we don`t need another. I`d rather we moved for Lester, Lincecum or Tanaka instead.

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