I keep saying this because I don’t read enough about him on a daily basis, but Brian Anderson is the one player who is a homegrown talent and should become a star the organization builds around.
The third baseman, who can also play in the outfield, gives Mattingly and the coaching staff plenty of versatility at either position. Although he missed the final five weeks of 2019 because of a broken hand, he still smacked 20 home runs and hit 66 RBI. He is developing into a clutch hitter, and will either bat second or third in the lineup this year.
Above everybody else on the teams’ roster, Anderson should be the veteran player teams looking to make a playoff run reach out about. Jeter and Hill should resist the temptation of making such a move, although it may yield a healthy amount of prospects in return.
If this was a full season, it could be expected that Anderson, who was a third-round draft pick out of Arkansas in 2015, would be on pace to hit somewhere between 25 and 30 home runs. He’s becoming a more complete player and a solid defensive stopper. I like his game as much as Hall of Famer Larry Walker and I don’t think that is an exaggeration.
Anderson should not be moved for any deal that is offered.