Oct 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Brett Anderson throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers in the 8th inning in game four of the American League divisional series playoff baseball game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Anderson On Mariners Radar


We promised some action after Dec. 1 and the Seattle Mariners did not disappoint. Or perhaps they did, depending on your point of view.

Monday, the M’s brought back veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist on a two-year deal. The deal may be a bit overpriced for a player of Willie’s caliber but every successful team has that go-to guy off the bench that can fill in almost anywhere on the field and give guys a rest. We now have that guy.

Monday night also saw the retention of Justin Smoak and Michael Saunders as the M’s tendered contracts ahead of the 9 pm PST deadline. It should come as no surprise that the Mariners sought to retain the two but it’s worth noting.

Now, all eyes turn back towards the free agent and trade markets with the hopes of a major move on the horizon.

Early this morning, Buster Olney of ESPN dropped this one on us.


Not sure who the Mariners plan to deal to get Anderson, but he could be a welcome addition to the staff if he can stay healthy. He spent the majority of 2013 in the bullpen with a 6.04 ERA in 16 games (five starts).

His injury history is troublesome. He had Tommy John surgery in 2011 and returned in 2012 to make six starts before landing on the DL with an oblique strain. Then he spent significant time on the DL in 2013 with a stress fracture in his right foot.

But he is young – turns 26 prior to Spring Training – and under contract through 2015.

I guess depending on the price – probably a swap of prospects – this has a low risk/high reward potential to it.

Stay tuned.

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  • tedsfrozenhead

    V+Can’t see how much good a injury prone 6.04 ERA will help the Mariners…

  • maqman

    He’s a gamble for sure but depending on the cost perhaps worthwhile. He’s worth two or more Bloomquists, that’s for sure. I’d give them Beavan or Noesi for him, or both of them if they’ll take them.

  • Troy Bannish

    I’m wondering why the Mariners weren’t actively trying to acquire New Oakland Athletics Closer, former Baltimore Orioles Closer, back to back 50+ Save Seasons, Jim Johnson?!? Oakland gave up a 2B, which Seattle has by the truck load, I would have made a 1 for 1 deal, sending 2B/SS Nick Franklin to Baltimore for Johnson!! Oh, but Baltimore, got the vaunted PTBNL in the deal, Also something the Mariners have by the truck load, PTBNL!! That would have solved ONE of the issues that the Mariners have been looking at for YEARS! Every year, We Fans, hear the same old same old from the Organization, “We will improve Our Ball Club through Free Agent signings, & we won’t be afraid to go BIG in terms of Dollars to get top tier Bats to come to Seattle. I would rather have Johnson closing in Seattle than have the Mariners sign 36 year old Aussie Grant Balfour to close games out, or attempt to close games if he does sign here. Though again, IF I had a say in it, which I don’t, I’d RATHER sign FA Closer, Brian Wilson & that Beard over the Aussie, Balfour.