Is Brian Anderson’s time with the Miami Marlins over?
By Neil Raymond
The Miami Marlins have a big arbitration class and some players are likely to be non-tendered. one of those players is long-time third baseman turned bench player Brian Anderson. Anderson has been with The Fish for six years, but is now displaced by both Joey Wendle and top prospect Jordan Groshans. Anderson can play in the outfield, but there’s a plethora of options there as well. Where does he fit with the team in our off-season plan and will he even remain a member of the team?
Is Brian Anderson leaving the Miami Marlins?
Brian Anderson has been a regular part of our lineup sInce 2018 (he debuted in 2017). He wasn’t particularly impressive during his time on the team, batting .256/.341/.410, with a home run high of 20 in 2019 and an RBI high of 66 in that same year. His highest WAR has been 3.3 in that same 2019 season.
Anderson wasn’t impressive this season either, compiling a 0.3 WAR with a .222/.311/.346 batting line in 98 games and 338 AB. I don’t think you need to see more stats to come to the easy conclusion that a raise from $4.45 million to over $5 million isn’t the best idea. He just doesn’t seem to be worth it.
What can the Miami Marlins really get out of Brian Anderson? He’s no longer a fit at third base, he’s not a center fielder, the corner out field spots are taken, and he would be a weak offensive option at designated hitter. The only area where he fits is the bench, and he’s too expensive for that role.
The Fish need to be careful with how money is being allocated and every player needs to be worth what he’s getting paid. Whenever we can do something about getting rid of bad contracts, or not committing to them, we need to take that opportunity.
The Miami Marlins need to save our money for players that can make a genuine difference. We can’t afford to waste money on players that we can successfully replace for significantly less. There’s no room for Brian Anderson as a starter, and he’s too expensive for the bench. The only logical thing to do at this point is to simply non-tender him.