The Giants added yet another inexperienced option for their 2020 rotation Tuesday, signing former Rockies first-round pick Tyler Anderson.
San Francisco initially claimed Anderson Oct. 30 after Colorado placed him on waivers, but the team did not tender him an option by Monday’s deadline, making him a free agent.
Tuesday’s deal is a one-year contract, the Giants announced on Twitter.
The left-handed Anderson was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2011 out of Oregon. He appeared in parts of four seasons for Colorado, but he only pitched in five games last season before undergoing significant knee surgery. His recovery from an operation to repair cartilage in the joint is expected to keep him out for at least part of spring training in 2020.
Anderson was surprisingly more effective at Coors Field than on the road in his time with Colorado, registering a 5.31 ERA on the road while posting a 4.23 ERA a mile above sea level.
The signing is a low-risk attempt to bolster the Giants’ rotation, which struggled in 2019 and appears destined to lose anchor Madison Bumgarner in free agency. Anderson will join veterans Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, as well as young arms such as Tyler Beede, Logan Webb and Dereck Rodriguez in vying for a starting spot.
Anderson has one remaining minor league option, giving the Giants a little flexibility to be patient was he returns from his surgery.
The decision to non-tender Anderson on Monday was a mild surprise considering the left-hander boasts a decent major league track record and was thought to be relatively affordable entering his second year of arbitration.
MLB Trade Rumors predicted Anderson would earn $2.625 million in arbitration, but the Giants and Anderson likely came to an agreement for a smaller figure for next season due to the uncertainty of his recovery timetable. Tuesday’s deal allows the Giants to save a bit of money, but it also has the potential to benefit Anderson as the contract effectively eliminates his final year of arbitration in 2021, allowing the left-hander to become a free agent following next season.
The signing of Anderson leaves the Giants with three open spots on their 40-man roster.