Given the renewed health of Kyle Hendricks and John Lackey, as well as the pick-up of Jose Quintana and the relative success of Mike Montgomery (not to mention the existence of Brett Anderson, just to a lesser extent), the Cubs decided they had enough starting pitching depth for the rest of the season, and begun the process of cutting ties with their free-agent-to-be.
And if you paid attention in school, you’ll remember that the rules of the new CBA provided the Cubs just seven days to trade, waive, or release Anderson.
Well, here we are seven days later, and …
Brett Anderson officially released. #Cubs
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) August 2, 2017
And so ends Brett Anderson’s time with the Chicago Cubs. He’s now free to sign with another team, should they themselves intrigued by what’s under the hood.
Anderson ends his Cubs career with an 8.18 ERA, 4.52 FIP, 4.47 xFIP over six Major League starts.