Rockies decline option on Brett Anderson

The Rockies declined their $12 million option on Brett Anderson on Saturday and will owe the left-hander a $1.5 million buyout.

“Who has 2 thumbs and is a free agent … this guy,” Anderson tweeted, shortly before the Rockies officially announced the decision.

The Rockies acquired Anderson in a trade with the A’s last December, but the 26-year-old made only eight starts for the club. He missed three months with a fractured left index finger, then underwent season-ending back surgery in August.

Anderson has battled injuries throughout his career, averaging 12 games and 10 starts over the past five seasons. But he generally has been effective when on the mound, with a 3.73 ERA, including 2.91 last year.

— Andrew Simon

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