The Cubs have reached a deal — pending a physical — to sign free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson, league sources confirmed Monday night.
Who, you might ask, is this Anderson guy? Here are give things to know about him, beyond his career 3.86 ERA in 127 appearances, including 115 starts, over eight major-league seasons with the Athletics, Rockies and Dodgers.
1. He’s active on Twitter, spraying to all fields. For instance, during the Golden Globes: “Good to see they got Casey Affleck out from under his bridge to attend the Globes.” And after the Cubs won the World Series: “Steve Bartman needs to go streaking down Waveland Ave in just his headphones tonight.”
2. Anderson pitched for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going seven innings to help beat Japan in the bronze medal game. “Not very many people get the chance to say they got to play in the Olympics,” Anderson told the Stillwater News Press.
3. He signed a letter of intent to play at Oklahoma State University, where his father, Frank Anderson, was head coach. But the Diamondbacks drafted him out of high school.
4. Anderson has a history of injures. After his back gave out while he was pitching for the Rockies, doctors pinpointed his weakened abdominals and inflexible hips as impediments. “I’m a horrible athlete,” Anderson said. “I’m just left-handed and can pitch a little bit.”
5. After the Cubs beat the Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS, earning a trip to the World Series, Anderson said that some rowdy Cubs fans sprayed beer into to the Dodgers family section. “Real classy cubs fans throwing beer in the Dodgers family section,” Anderson tweeted. “Stay classy (expletive) idiots.”
6. Anderson’s mom, Sandra, was an All-America softball player at Nebraska Kearney. “My mom is one of the most competitive, intimidating people I’ve known in my life,” Anderson said. “My mom knows more about the games than probably 95 percent of the women out there. She knew when I wasn’t playing right or not playing hard enough.”