The Marlins and third baseman/outfielder Brian Anderson have discussed a contract extension in the five-year, $30MM range, Craig Mish of Sports Grid reports. Those talks mostly came before the coronavirus shutdown, per Mish, who adds that the two sides’ negotiations will likely pick up again during the upcoming winter.
Once next offseason rolls around, the 27-year-old Anderson will be on track to make his first of three potential trips through arbitration. Having collected league-minimum salaries since he debuted in 2017, Anderson has been a bargain performer and one of the few bright spots for the Marlins during his short career.
Going back to 2018, Anderson has accounted for 6.5 fWAR, slashed .268/.350/.430 (113 wRC+) with 31 home runs in 1,190 plate appearances, and logged a substantial amount of action at the hot corner and in right field. All things considered, it’s no surprise even a small-budget team like Miami would be interested in locking up Anderson for millions per annum. But if Anderson and the Marlins are unable to find common ground in contract talks over the next couple years, he should carry a solid amount of value on the trade market.