Is there even an inkling of a chance that Brian Anderson of the Miami Marlins is traded this coming season? Let’s hope not.
With the Atlanta Braves or any Major League Baseball team, there should always be a Plan B, even if it might involve the Miami Marlins.
That future involves both Austin Riley or Johan Camargo, one of which must step up and deliver at the hot corner and at the plate. Replacing Donaldson is no easy task, which means the team must have an alternative plan. This is where the Marlins come into the conversation.
Carter talks about potential trades during the season which could benefit the Braves. As we know here on Marlin Maniac, Brian Anderson is a puzzle piece the team is building with and around. Would he be a trade chip should the team falter and cannot reach expectations for 2020?
Personally, and I think I can speak for fans here in Florida, hope that isn’t even an option.
“Brian Anderson just completed his second complete season with the Marlins and things are looking up. We saw his power potential come to fruition in 2019 as he brought his slugging percentage up from .400 in ’18 to .468 in 2019,” Carter writes.
“Anderson only hit 11 homers in 156 games in 2018, but he did walk 62 times slashing .273/.357/.400. In his age-26 season last year, Anderson blasted 33 doubles and 20 homers in just 126 games with 459 at-bats. He increased his OPS from .757 in ’18 to .811 in ’19.”
Now that it has been discussed that Jonathan Villar will get the first opportunity to win the team’s open centerfield slot, the door is open again for Anderson to jump back to the hot corner where he belongs. If the former third-round pick out of Arkansas starts at third base, it will mark the third straight season he started Opening Day there.
“Miami is in the midst of a rebuild. Although Anderson is still young with plenty of team control, the Marlins do not have any untouchables,” Carter adds. “They are attempting to stock up and Anderson is a great fit for any contender in need of major league ready services. If the Marlins believe they can turn Anderson into a few prospects, they might go for it.”
I doubt Derek Jeter or Michael Hill would let go of what looks to be a proven commodity. And as I write this piece, I am pleading with the front office to turn a blind eye to the possibility of this becoming a reality – no matter how small it seems.