Brett Anderson missed most of last season after back surgery. Before that, he was equal parts an excellent pitcher, and an injured one.
The Cubs signed him to a low-risk one-year deal in January, after which Anderson pitched rather poorly, hurt his back, rehabbed for a couple months, and was let go. It didn’t work out, and these things sometimes don’t.
For Anderson, the road didn’t end with the Cubs, though, as he’s reportedly taking a minor league deal with the Blue Jays:
#BlueJays and lefty Brett Anderson have agreed on a minor-league deal, pending a physical.
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 14, 2017
For Anderson, who is only 29, this is a chance to work his way back to the big leagues on a non-competitive team, and showcase in September that he can still pitch in the big leagues, with the hope of signing another prove-it deal in the offseason.
Best guess is that deal doesn’t come from the Cubs. Best of luck to Anderson going forward. Keep up the fire tweets.