M's get a starting pitcher
Tyler Anderson joins the Mariners' starting rotation after a trade with Pittsburgh
July 28, 2021
Just a few hours after the Mariners made a somewhat confusing trade with the division rival Houston Astros, news of another deal came down—Seattle is sending two minor-league prospects to Pittsburgh in exchange for starting pitcher Tyler Anderson.
The trade comes as a surprise because it was earlier reported that Anderson had been dealt from the Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies. But the Pirates had an issue with the medical report on one of the players Philadelphia was sending over and backed out, making Anderson available once more. Now the Mariners will get the left-hander for the duration of the season in exchange for Double-A catcher Carter Bins and 17-year-old pitcher Joaquin Tejada, who had been assigned to Seattle's affiliate in the Dominican Summer League.
Anderson is a six-year big-league veteran that showed flashes of greatness while a member of the Colorado Rockies but has posted rather mediocre numbers overall, including this year's 4.35 ERA and 1.200 WHIP in 18 starts for the Pirates. His best outing this season was on July 4th, when he threw seven shutout innings against Milwaukee. Selected in the first round of the 2011 draft by Colorado, the University of Oregon product has a similar overall track record to former Mariner Mike Leake, only from the left side.
The new addition finally gives the Mariners a steady five-man starting rotation despite the injuries to Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn; Anderson slots in alongside Marco Gonzales, Yusei Kikuchi, Chris Flexen, and Logan Gilbert.
Bins was ranked 24th among Mariner prospects and was thought to have a ceiling as a Major League backup catcher. Tejada was signed out of Panama as a 15-year-old and is playing his first competitive games as professional this season.