2 Reasons why the Marlins Shouldn't Sign Tim Anderson

Anderson is in decline and won't be a long term answer

Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) singles against
Sep 30, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson (7) singles against / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami Marlins still haven't figured out who will be starting shortstop this season, and with Spring Training games about to begin, they are trying to figure it out as soon as possible. The Marlins reportedly offered Tim Anderson a one year contract but it has not been agreed upon, as Anderson is wanting a multi-year deal. The White Sox declined Anderson's $14 million option at the end of the season as he was at the end of his 6 year, $25 million contract and he made over $12 million last year with the White Sox. That is a much heavier price than the Marlins or any team has been willing to pay so far, as Anderson remains unsigned as a result. The Marlins need a shortstop but they need a long term option that will fit their team and payroll needs. Here are two reasons why the Marlins should avoid signing Tim Anderson.

The Marlins need a shortstop but not Tim Anderson

Reason 1 - Performance

Tim Anderson was a highly touted shortstop with years left in his career after his 2018 breakout season where he hit .240 with 20 home runs, 64 RBI, and 26 stolen bases. Anderson continued hitting home runs and followed that full season with 2 more stellar full seasons with 18 and 17 home runs each and his average hoved around .300. The Marlins would welcome such production, yet in the past two season Anderson has not come close to those numbers and he is only getting older.

Tim Anderson will turn 31 in the early parts of the 2024 season and last season he hit only 1 home run, drove in 25 and hit .245. The season prior Anderson hit 6 home runs and 25 RBI while hitting .301, Both of these past two seasons were not the production the Marlins would want from a shortstop making millions of dollars a year. Anderson's 2023 season could have been a fluke, but it appears his power has dwindled and he is left to be a top 30 shortstop at best, and a top 60 at worst.