Miami Marlins finally move on from a disappointing hitter

Tim Anderson
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It's hard to look at the stats that show just how bad this season has been for the Miami Marlins. It was only a few months ago that SS Tim Anderson actually chose to sign with The Fish. He chose the team over multiple other suitors, being the top SS on the weak free agent market for hitters. Sadly, his time on the team didn't work out.

The Miami Marlins part ways with SS Tim Anderson.

Tim Anderson used to be an All-Star. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 2016 to 2022. He wasn't a big deal from 2016 to 2018, he batted .258/.286/.411 during that time and certainly didn't look like a star. He did however have a career-best 2.3 dWAR in 2018 however. Things changed in 2019, as he exploded with a .335/.357/.508 batting line, with 18 home runs and 56 RBI, with 17 stolen bases in 123 games and 498 AB. He was worth 4.2 WAR for that performance.

Things continued to go well for Anderson in the shortened 2020 season. He batted .322/.357/.529, with 10 home runs and 21 RBI in 49 games and 208 AB. He was worth 2.3 WAR this time. That performance actually led to him being seventh in AL MVP voting! The 2021 season was peak Anderson, as he batted .309/.338/.469, with 17 home runs and 61 RBI, with 18 stolen bases in 123 games and 527 AB. He was worth a career-best 4.7 WAR and an excellent 1.0 dWAR.

Anderson spent some time on the injured list in 2022, only batting .301/.339/.395, with 6 home runs and 25 RBI, with 13 stolen bases in 79 games and 332 AB. His defense took a hit, as he had a below average -0.3 dWAR.

The 2023 season saw him decline with a .245/.286/.296 batting line, with a home run and 25 RBI, along with 13 stolen bases in 123 games and 493 AB. He was worth an abysmal -2.0 WAR and a -0.9 dWAR. Chicago released him after the season, allowing The Fish to sign him. Peter Bendix probably hoped that he would be a trade candidate at the Trade Deadline, had the playoffs not been an option. Anderson was signed to a 1 year/$5 million deal after all.

Tim Anderson delivered an abysmal .214/.237/.226 batting line, with 0 home runs and 9 RBI, with 4 stolen bases in 65 games and 234 AB. He's been worth a disastrous -1.2 WAR. With no playoffs or good trade return on the way, he was released. Xavier Edwards has been called up to replace him, and is a better defender, who has batted .295/.329/.333 last season. I'm excited to see how he will do with a more permanent role on the team.

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