Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Chase Anderson has signed a two year extension. The deal that run through 2019, and includes club options for 2020 and 2021.
The Milwaukee Brewers now essentially have control of Anderson for four more years.
At 29 years old, Anderson was eligible for salary arbitration. The contract guarantees 11.75 million in the deal and $400,000 in incentives per year. He will also receive several bonuses in the contract the first being a $1 million in the the first year, a $4.25 million in 2018, and a $6 million in 2019.
Anderson certainly earned this contract with the way he pitched in 2017, having a career year and leading the Brewers pitching staff. Some may even consider the deal to be quite the bargain. Anderson posted a 2.74 ERA, and 1.09 WHIP, and 133 strikeouts over 141.1 innings pitched and 25 starts.
If Anderson had not suffered an oblique injury and missed almost two months of the season, those numbers could be even better. The Milwaukee Brewers certainly felt the impact of his loss. But him coming back was huge for the team. Especially after Jimmy Nelson went down with his injury.
Anderson pitched like the ace of the Brewers this year. And barring a high level free agent signing or trade, he will continue to have that honor in 2018. Some will consider Jimmy Nelson the ace, and that’s not a bad argument. But both are very high level pitchers, and having both will be huge if the Brewers want to make a playoff run in 2018.
Locking up Chase Anderson was essential for the Brewers given the way he pitched, and led the staff in 2017. Milwaukee will look for Anderson to continue the success he had this year. And if he does, expect to see Anderson in Milwaukee for the full four years that the Brewers have control of him for.