Seeking offensive upgrade, Dodgers’ Brett Anderson gets custom Josh Donaldson bat

Brett Anderson doesn't have great stats as a hitter, but he'd like to change that.

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When Zack Greinke defected from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the division-rival Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this offseason, it left the Dodgers with a big hole…and not just in the rotation.

Greinke, of course, is one of the league’s best-hitting pitchers. Lefty Brett Anderson, meanwhile, isn’t.

In hopes of pulling those numbers up a bit in 2016, Anderson turned to reigning AL MVP (and his former Oakland Athletics teammate) Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays for help – and his own customized ‘JD20-M’ model bat: 

It’s a good thing for Anderson’s sake that the Dodgers didn’t sign him for his offense, as he had his best and healthiest personal season in 2015 (10-9, 3.69 ERA in 31 starts), his first year of at least 30 starts since 2009 with Oakland. 

But who knows, maybe his fancy new bat will spark a turnaround in 2016…