The A's are aggressively trying to trade him. I keep hearing they are looking for bullpen depth. He is due to make $8 million this year with a club option for $12.5 million next year. He was absolutely dominant in 2010 but has battled injuries the last three seasons.
Is he worth the risk for us?
Think about this trade: Parra + Hernandez for Anderson. Parra will be their primary CF, with recently-acquired Craig Gentry getting the starts against LHP (this is an absolutely perfect platoon situation, especially for a team like the A's) and get a solid late-inning reliever in David Hernandez. Another option would be to trade Putz (Proven Closer™) but with Jim Johnson, I don't see them paying a ton for another reliever.
I know a lot of people still aren't happy about the Cahill trade, but you can't really compare the two trades. We wouldn't be giving up a legit pitching prospect as Anderson is a buy low candidate and we'd be trading from positions of surplus.
Anderson has very solid numbers across the board. His FIP and xFIP have been consistently below 4.00 his whole career. He puts up very good GB numbers (essentially as good as Cahill in this category) but with higher strikeout and lower walk rates. Anderson is only 25 but is going on his 6th season in the majors, so the experience is a plus.
I'm not sure what other clubs are offering or if I'm offering enough for Anderson. But considering his salary combined with injury issues the last 3 years, it might be all they're going to get for him.