Pirates LHP Tyler Anderson will reportedly be the newest member of the Mariners’ rotation. (Getty)
It was reported on Tuesday that Pittsburgh Pirates left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson was heading to the Philadelphia Phillies, but then he was seen in Pirates gear throwing a bullpen session after the deal fell through. A few hours later, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that Anderson was indeed traded, but to the Mariners in their second major deal of the day.
Seattle got the ball rolling in terms of trades by sending relief ace Kendall Graveman and fellow reliever Rafael Montero, who was designated for assignment late last week, to the Houston Astros for veteran reliever Joe Smith and 24-year-old infielder Abraham Toro.
A few hours later, Passan reported that Anderson, 31, will be coming to Seattle to help bolster a Mariners starting rotation that has been decimated by injuries. Seattle started the year with a six-man rotation, but major injuries to the likes of James Paxton, Ljay Newsome, Nick Margevicius as well as shorter-term injuries to Justin Dunn and Justus Sheffield have left the Mariners with only four healthy starting pitchers.
Anderson is in his sixth MLB season and the Mariners will be his fourth team. He started his career with the Colorado Rockies in 2016 and then spent 2020 with the San Francisco Giants before signing a one-year deal with Pittsburgh this past offseason, meaning the Mariners will have Anderson for the next two-plus months before he’s once again on the open market.
In 2021. Anderson is 5-8 with a 4.35 ERA in 18 starts and has thrown 103 1/3 innings. He has struck out 86 while walking 25.
Something key to note with Anderson is that he’s thrown at least five innings in all 18 of his starts this year. That trend would certainly be welcome for a Mariners team that has leaned so heavily on the bullpen this year, especially with Graveman now in Houston.
According to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times, catcher Carter Bins is one of two prospects the Mariners are sending to Pittsburgh for Anderson. Bins started 2021 in High-A Everett before a recent promotion to Double-A Arkansas. In 50 games between the two levels, Bins is slashing .247/.400/.438 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs and has thrown out 13 of 67 runners attempting a steal with him behind the plate.