It was not that long ago when the SF Giants expected Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez, and Shaun Anderson to carve out roles in a major league rotation. Now, all three might be pitching overseas in 2023.
Report: Another former SF Giants pitcher in talks to throw overseas
Suarez has spent the past two seasons overseas, pitching in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) in 2021 and the Nippon Professional Baseball league (NPB) in 2022. Beede is reportedly working on a deal to pitch in the NPB and it looks like Anderson might be headed overseas as well.
According to Ji-heon Bae of Sports Chunchu (and Dan Kurtz for the translation), Anderson is in talks to join the Kia Tigers of the KBO. If a deal is completed, the right-handed hurler would be set to earn $1 million in 2023.
The former Giants pitching prospect has been on the move a lot in recent years. He was originally acquired along with reliever Gregory Santos in a move that sent Eduardo Núñez to the Boston Red Sox.
Anderson debuted with San Francisco in 2019 where he registered a 5.44 ERA in 28 appearances including 16 starts. He saw a velocity spike in the bullpen, so it felt like he was a better fit as a reliever. Anderson followed up his rookie season with a 3.52 ERA in 18 appearances in 2020.
After the 2020 campaign, the Giants shipped the six-foot-six pitcher to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. That deal has worked out well for the Giants as Wade Jr. went on to earn the Willie Mac award in 2021 due in part to his knack for clutch hitting.
However, Anderson has been on the move a lot since then. It has been less than 24 months since that initial trade, and the righty has appeared with six organizations including the Giants. Perhaps, some stability and a guaranteed paycheck is exactly what Anderson needs.
The Kia Tigers were one of the best teams in the KBO in 2022 as they finished with a 70-73 overall record. Only the SSG Landers had a better record at 88-52. The Tigers had a pair of former major leaguers in outfielder Socrates Brito and pitcher Sean Nolin. The KBO would be a nice landing spot for Anderson as many pitchers have found success pitching overseas.