Yankees Miss Out on Reliever Nick Anderson as Braves Trade Him to Royals
Published: Nov. 17, 2023, 4:45 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 17, 2023, 5:09 p.m.
Pitcher Nick Anderson, who has pitched for three teams in his career, will not be joining the New York Yankees. The Atlanta Braves have traded him to the Kansas City Royals, according to confirmed reports from both teams.
The Yankees had shown interest in Anderson since he became a free agent a year ago, as reported by Joel Sherman of The New York Post. However, the Braves ultimately decided to send him to the Royals in exchange for cash considerations.
Missed Opportunity for the Yankees
The Yankees were keen on acquiring the right-handed reliever last offseason and had renewed their interest this year, especially since the Braves were unlikely to tender him a contract, Sherman revealed.
Anderson, 33, is entering the second year of arbitration and is projected to earn $1.6 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. The deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players is Friday at 8 p.m. ET.
Impressive Stats and Injury Concerns
During the 2023 season, Anderson showcased his skills with a 3.06 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings in 35 1/3 innings pitched. However, injuries have plagued his career, with a right shoulder strain forcing him to end the season on the 60-day injured list. In 2021, he also underwent surgery for elbow injuries.
Yankees’ First Offseason Deal
Although the Yankees missed out on Anderson, their general manager Brian Cashman made his first move of the offseason by trading Jake Bauers to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for two minor leaguers.
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