Tigers Set to Lose Veteran Pitcher to Contract Opt Out
The Detroit Tigers haven't experienced much success in the 2022 MLB season. While there are many reasons why things have been heading in the wrong direction, injuries to the Tigers' pitching staff have been one of the most pressing issues as six pitchers currently sit on the injured list.
Despite these injuries, the Tigers have yet to call up former big league starter Chase Anderson from Triple-A Toledo. It doesn't look like Detroit will get a chance to, either, as MLB insider Robert Murray is reporting that Anderson hopes to opt out of his contract and become a free agent.
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You can't blame Anderson for wanting to leave the Tigers organization. Even though his 4-3 record and 4.63 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) with the Mud Hens aren't glamorous, the 176 career MLB starts he has under his belt should have at least earned him one appearance with Detroit.
Once a reliable starter, Anderson's play has declined in recent years. He spent time in the 2020 and 2021 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, going 3-6 with a 6.94 ERA with 73 strikeouts over 81.2 innings in 24 games (16 starts).
Anderson isn't the type of pitcher that can completely change a team's pitching room. However, as a free agent, he'd be a low-risk option that can give a contending team some depth. He did spend four seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are in the market for pitching help, so perhaps a reunion is in the cards.
Nevertheless, it's clear that Anderson's time with the Tigers his near its end. Only time will tell if another club will give the 34-year-old a crack at making an MLB roster.
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