The Cubs are reportedly adding another pitcher to their 2017 mix.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs have agreed to a deal with veteran left-hander Brett Anderson.
Sources: Brett Anderson has deal with #Cubs, pending physical. Impressed club during recent bullpen session in Arizona.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2017
Anderson would add to #Cubs’ rotation options, but his physical will be critical. Has appeared in only 65 games past five seasons.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2017
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Anderson started his career with a bang back in 2009, starting 30 games and striking out 150 batters for the Oakland A's and finishing in the top 10 in American League Rookie of the Year voting. But while he pitched well in some of the years that followed, staying healthy has been a consistent challenge.
After making those 30 starts in 2009, he started 19 games in 2010, then 13 in 2011, then a total of just 19 over the next three seasons, the third coming with the Colorado Rockies.
He burst back onto the scene with 31 starts (and a 3.69 ERA) with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2015. But last season with the Dodgers, he appeared in only four games, making just three starts.
All in all, Anderson has a 3.86 career ERA in 685 2/3 innings over 127 appearances, 115 of which have been starts.
While the Cubs' rotation is packed at the top with Cy Young contenders Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks — and John Lackey has the No. 4 spot nailed down — the fifth spot is a bit more of an uncertainty. Mike Montgomery figures to be the favorite, but perhaps Anderson could get himself into the mix.
Regardless, he's en route to the Windy City.
Wheels up to Chicago...I bet it's cold there.— Brett Anderson (@BrettAnderson35) January 23, 2017
We all remember Joakim Noah's twisty-turny tornado shooting style from the free-throw line.
It was funny, and it worked better than you might expect, with Noah's unconventional shooting style from the charity stripe going through the net better than 73 percent of the time over a five-season span from 2009-10 to 2013-14.
But things haven't gone so well there for Noah in his first season with the New York Knicks. Entering Monday night's game, Noah was shooting just 42.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Well, things might've hit rock bottom Monday, with this nasty-looking free-throw try from Noah that missed everything.
Take a look:
Just....wow. 😬 pic.twitter.com/BdGNKN0kNF— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 24, 2017
Say it ain't so, Jo.