Seattle Mariners Offseason Prediction–Realistic Version

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Jul 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Rockies starting pitcher

Brett Anderson

throws a pitch against the Chicago Cubs in the first inning at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Offseason Prediction: Back-End Starter

Brett Anderson: 1 year, $5 million

The once up-and-coming star has been through every injury you can imagine. But he still has major upside.

He hasn’t proved to teams that he can stay healthy, so he will most likely not be getting a multi-year deal. He will be looking for a pitcher-friendly ball park to help him have a good season so he can cash in next offseason.

Oh, hello Safeco!

With the trio of youngsters now full-time starters and Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma still at the top of their games, I don’t see the M’s adding a high priced, or even mid-level pitcher such as Brandon McCarthy or Edinson Volquez who will demand multi-year deals at around $10 million/year. They really just need someone to bridge the gap in case someone gets hurt or hits an innings limit. Brett Anderson is the perfect candidate.

And if he does return to 2011 form, then by all means, sign him for a few more years. The upside is huge.

Next up: Who should Jack Z resign?