Phillies officially add veteran starter Chase Anderson to roster

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Phillies officially add veteran starter Chase Anderson to roster originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Phillies on Monday announced as official their signing of pitcher Chase Anderson. In other words, the 33-year-old right-hander passed his physical. 

Anderson received a one-year contract worth $4 million. He is expected to join lefty Matt Moore, who signed last week, in filling out the back end of the Phillies' starting pitching rotation behind Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler and Zach Eflin. Spencer Howard and Vince Velasquez will also be in the mix for rotation jobs when spring training opens in less than two weeks. The Phillies will monitor Howard’s workload and it’s not out of the question that the team will use a six-man rotation at times, as president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said last week. Velasquez is also capable of working out of the bullpen.

Anderson made at least 25 starts in the majors with Arizona and Milwaukee each season from 2015 to 2019 and pitched to a 3.93 ERA over that span. He spent the shortened 2020 season with Toronto, pitched in 10 games, seven of which were starts, and had a 7.22 ERA. He dealt with an oblique strain for part of the season and actually recorded a 3.20 ERA in his first five starts. 

Anderson revealed his agreement with the Phillies even before the team announced it. He spoke about why he chose the Phillies in an interview with MLB Network Radio

Over his career, Anderson has pitched in 176 career games, 167 of which have been starts. He is 54-42 with a 4.06 ERA.

According to Dombrowski, the Phillies are close to being done with offseason roster additions, though he is expected to add a versatile bat to the bench before camp begins and non-roster bullpen candidates remain possible.