The Los Angeles Dodgers are close to adding two pitchers to their organization. For weeks the Dodgers have held off on announcing a signing of Brett Anderson, now they could also be signing Chin-hui Tsao reports the LA Times.
Anderson is expected to receive $10 million next season with another $4 million coming in the form of incentives. The 26-year-old is a sizable risk at this price, even for the Dodgers, after appearing in just 92 games across six big league seasons.
A hold on on announcing the signing of Anderson came as the Dodgers awaited the results of his physical.
Tsao has not played professional ball since the Taiwanese league expelled him five years ago for allegedly fixing games.
It is unclear if Tsao would receive an invitation to spring training. He last played for the Colorado Rocies in
Tsao last played in the majors in 2007 with the Dodgers pitching 24 2/3 innings and posting a 4.38 ERA. In parts of four big league seasons he has batteled injuries and stints of ineffectiveness to post a 5.40 ERA over 88 1/3 innings of work.
When he joined the Colorado Rockies in 2003 he was the first Taiwanese pitcher to appear in the major leagues. His last major league activity came with the Royals during spring training in 2008. He later ended up with the Brother Elephants of the Taiwan’s CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League).
Tsao was banned from the league for allegedly fixing games but never was charged with any offense. He is said to have hit as high as 95 mph on the radar gun in November as he attempted to work out a deal to play in Australia. That fell though after the CPBL pressured the Australian Baseball League.