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Brett Anderson explains why he rejected multi-year deals to remain a Dodger

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Brett Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the third inning during game three of the National League Division Series at Citi Field on October 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Brett Anderson #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts as Travis d'Arnaud #7 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run in the third inning during game three of the National League Division Series at Citi Field on October 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Brett Anderson posted a 10-9 record with a 3.69 ERA in 2015. Elsa Getty Images

Brett Anderson became one of the rare players to accept a qualifying offer last week, an even rarer act when considering what the Los Angeles Dodgers lefty had on the table.

After a season in Los Angeles, Anderson accepted a one-year, $15.8-million qualifying offer from the Dodgers last week.

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While accepting a qualifying offer is risky in and of itself, especially for a player who will turn 28 before next season, it was even riskier for Anderson, as he had the opportunity to ink a longer, more stable contract with another team.

"There were some multi-year offers but my situation is a little unique and I wanted to bet on myself," Anderson told reporters on a conference call on Monday. "I liked being in LA and I liked my teammates. I liked everything about it except the ending to our season. Everything taken into consideration, [I accepted] the one-year deal to bet on myself and hopefully get that stigma of that health record off my back I can go into next year and see what happens."

Anderson has been hampered in seasons past by a variety of injuries, starting a total of 19 games in the three seasons leading up to his debut with the Dodgers.

Nonetheless, he fielded a career-high 31 starts in 2015, posting a 10-9 record with a 3.69 ERA in the process.

The lefty's now eager to have a full offseason to hone his pitching.

"I do think that having this pseudo-normal off-season to build some strength translates to some more velocity," Anderson said. "I don't think I'll ever be back to where I was in 2009 and 2010, early in my career, when I was mid- to upper-90s, but if I can add more power to my slider and sneak some more fastballs by people I'll take that."