The Miami Marlins non-tendered backup 3B/OF Brian Anderson and Minor League pitcher Nick Neidert. They were going to be too expensive in arbitration and the writing was on the wall for both to be non-tendered. They join a growing list of departing players. Was it the right call? Will The Fish miss them? Let’s take a look…
The Miami Marlins parted ways with former core player Brian Anderson.
Nick Neidert had a very brief career with the Miami Marlins. He pitched as a relief pitcher inn4 games in 2020. He had a 5.40 ERA/4.51 FIP in 8.1 innings. In 2021, he received more playing time. This time he started 7 games and pitched in relief in one. He produced a 4.54 ERA/5.81 FIP in 35.2 innings. In 2022, he produced a 3.60 ERA/4.51 FIP in a single 5 inning start. He’ll be 26 for all of next season.
Brian Anderson was a more important player for the Miami Marlins. Anderson debuted in 2017, and has been our third baseman for a few years. He was in fact was a regular part of our lineup sInce 2018. Sadly, he wasn’t realky impressive during his time with the team. Anderson’s overall batting line is just .256/.341/.410, and his highest single season home run total was 20 in 2019. His single season RBI high was 66 in that same year. Anderson’s highest WAR has been 3.3, also in that same 2019 season.
The 29 year old Brian Anderson wasn’t very important this season either, losing his starting job and produving a 0.3 WAR with a .222/.311/.346 batting line in 98 games and 338 AB. I think it’s pretty obvious that giving him a raise from $4.45 million to over $5 million wasn’t the best idea. The Miami Marlins already have players to fill his spot and he wasn’t going to be starting for us regularly again.
It may not actually be the end for both with The Fish, as they can still return on less expensive deals. That said, it’s probably more likely that they end up signing elsewhere. Nick Neidert will get a Minor League deal and Brian Anderson will likely get a 1 year deal for a couple million dollars. It’s definitely a shame how it all ended for Anderson however. He used to have a lot of potential.