Chase Anderson Didn’t Like Being Pulled From Rotation
Our player grades roll on with starters later today, but there was a headline about Chase Anderson that warranted a separate blog post. Anderson played the role of Jhoulys Chacin last season. A pitcher who people thought of as a third or fourth stater coming in and being an ace-like pitcher for the Brewers. Anderson regressed mightily to being a gopher ball pitcher especially at Miller Park. Milwaukee yanked the 2017 star from their rotation late in the season, and he did not appear on either of the postseason rosters. The team lose faith in Chase, and that upset him per David Stearns comments to the media yesterday.
Stearns said he met with Anderson to mend fences over coming out of rotation and said he is ready to get after it next year.
— Tom (@Haudricourt) October 23, 2018
The comment about ‘mending fences’ made me think two things. One, the Brewers pitcher did not appreciate getting shoved to the side, even though, he had a mediocre year. Two, Anderson has the self-awareness of a rock. I cannot believe Stearns had to talk with Chase about why this happened and how they hope he responds positively. Brewers did give him a three-year 30 million dollar deal, but he did not come close to living up to that money. And good for the Brewers to not pitch Chase despite him being one of the highest earners on the team. There’s nothing in that big contract that says ‘Chase Anderson needs to be on the postseason roster.’
Anderson faces a challenge to be a starter next year. Brewers are absolutely loaded with a combination of young arms like Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta plus the other players like Chase, Chacin, Zach Davies, Junior Guerra and the return of Jimmy Nelson. It’s going to be fun to watch these guys compete next Spring.