Brewers win arbitration hearing with Anderson

Right-hander will make $2.45 million during the 2017 season

Brewers win arbitration hearing with Anderson

PHOENIX -- Chalking it up to "part of the business," Chase Anderson shifted his focus back to the field on Tuesday after learning he lost his arbitration case with the Brewers.

Anderson will be paid $2.45 million in 2017 instead of the $2.85 million he'd been seeking.

A three-member panel of judges heard Anderson's case in Florida on Feb. 6, but the result was not announced until Tuesday so it wouldn't impact hearings for other pitchers. Anderson, who attended the hearing in person and listened to the Brewers' representative point out his flaws, was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 player.

"I would say a little bit difficult," Anderson said when asked to describe the experience. "I'm glad it's over with now. I can kind of get my head ready for Spring Training, get ready to go and compete for a spot. I'll keep continuing to prove myself.

"I've always been the guy who has had to prove myself, no matter what the case may be -- 'underdog' or whatever. I like that. It fuels the fire. I'm ready to go."

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Anderson appreciated receiving a telephone call about an hour after the hearing from Brewers general manager David Stearns and said both sides agreed there were no hard feelings.

"You look at the salary number, and I'm blessed no matter what the case is," Anderson said. "That's five times what I made last season. It's perspective. We're lucky to be in this position."

Anderson was 9-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 31 games -- 30 starts -- in 2016, his first season with the Brewers. The 29-year-old is 24-24 with a 4.26 ERA in 79 games -- 78 starts -- in three seasons with the D-backs and Brewers.

"I think in this time period when arbitration processes are so well-covered, when every decision is analyzed and you have bloggers and websites putting up mock arbitration cases, everyone understands the process," Stearns said. "Everyone understands this is part of the game."

Anderson is competing this spring with six other established Major Leaguers for a spot in Milwaukee's Opening Day starting rotation.

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.