Chase on the move

Joe Zenzola
November 04, 2019 - 11:24 am

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After an up and down four year tenure with the Milwaukee Brewers, Chase Anderson is on the move. The Brewers traded the righty to the Blue Jays for 24 year old AA 1B/OF Chad Spanberger. Robert Murray had the trade first:

Anderson came to the Brewers in 2016, when the Brewers traded SS Jean Segura and Reliever Tyler Wagner for Anderson, 2B Aaron Hill, and 2B Isan Diaz (traded to the Marlins as part of the Christian Yelich deal in 2018). He immediately became a mainstay in the rotation, averaging a 9-7 record with a 3.83 ERA for the Crew.

Anderson was the Opening Day starter for the Crew in 2018, but battled through injuries and pitching struggles, and he found himself left off the postseason roster for the Brewers run to the NLCS.

In 2019 he started in the bullpen, and due to injuries and struggles from young pitchers Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta, found himself right back in the rotation for 27 starts, finishing the year with an 8-4 record with a 4.21 ERA.

Chase had a team option worth $8.5 million for the 2020 season, one that Robert Murray says the Brewers were not likely to pick up, so the Brewers traded him rather than let him see the open market.

In return, the Brewers get a solid hitting prospect in former 6th round pick in 2017, Chad Spanberger, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN Sports in Toronto:

Spanberger, a 24 year old first baseman/outfielder, struggled in his first year at AA, hitting .237 with 13 home runs in 122 games. He has a career .274 average in three minor league seasons.