Left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson bet on himself while keeping his family in mind when he decided to sign with the Angels.
“There were other three-year offers,” Anderson said in his Angels introductory Zoom conference on Thursday. “There were a lot of teams that had three and were willing to do maybe more if we went into free agency longer. For me, that wasn’t a risk I wanted to take.”
The decision allowed him to remain on the West Coast, trading in his Dodger blue for Angel red without needing to relocate or change how far away he’d be from his family, which lives in Scottsdale, Ariz.
“To be able to have somewhere that’s got spring training at home,” he said. “I have three kids … for me, it’s a no-brainer to try to do with a team in Arizona to get those extra two months at home in the offseason.
“My family means everything to me and so to have them there as much as I can, it’s so easy for them to come in if they want to drive [to Anaheim] … and if they fly.”
The Angels’ spring training facility is in Tempe, Ariz. In his seven-year big league career, he’s only once played for a team closer to the East Coast than the West. That was in 2021 when he briefly played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, whose spring facility is in Florida. He was traded midseason to the Seattle Mariners that year.
Anderson said there were some discussions about working out a longer-term deal with the Dodgers, but those talks never went far enough. Anderson had a career year with the Dodgers, going 15-5 with a 2.57 earned-run average.
In the end, his decision to head to Anaheim was easy.
“For me a chance to come here for a few years and have some security for my family,” Anderson said, “but really to be a part of a team that I think is going to be really good. I think we have a lot of good players.”
The 2022 All-Star has heard good things about the Angels from former players of the club, though he has not had time to talk with anyone on the current roster.
There was a five-day window for eligible free agents who were extended qualifying offers to negotiate…