Should the Marlins Extend Brian Anderson? Yes.

With Mike Trout signing a 12-Year, $430 million dollar extension with the Angels (Yeah. Woah.) which took the Major League Baseball world by surprise, other MLB teams are also locking their young stars. The Astros extended star third baseman Alex Bregman to a six-year $100 million dollar along with a 2-year $17.5 million dollar extension for pitcher Ryan Pressly.

Tampa Bay extended infielder/outfielder Brandon Lowe to a six-year $24 million dollar extension.

Lowe only has 43 games of Major League experience and yet managed to get a $4 million dollar per year salary from the Rays. More examples of clubs locking up young studs are the Phillies signing infielder Scott Kingery to a six-year $24 million dollar extension back in March of last year. The Red Sox tried to invest $200 million into Mookie Betts over an eight year period but Betts rejected the offer. He also said that he doesn’t expect to sign any deal until he reaches free agency.

So with all these extensions being signed and extensions being offered, should the Marlins lock up their young third base stud in Brian Anderson? The answer is obviously yes. Anderson is just 25 years old until he turns 26 in May, and he’s already showing he absolutely belongs in the big leagues.

2018 was officially his rookie year and he finished fourth in the rookie of the year voting behind Braves’ Ronald Acuna Jr. , Nationals’ Juan Soto and the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler.

During his rookie year, he hit for a .273 average, 11 home runs, 65 RBIs, 87 runs scored and with a 3.9 WAR. He is showing he can hit for average and the power numbers will only continue to increase. He is only going to get better with the constant work he puts into his skills.

During this year’s Spring Training he’s currently hitting for a .368 average with two home runs and seven RBIs. The only reasonable thing to do with our young star, is to extend him, as other Major League clubs did with their young studs. We can’t go wrong with a low risk/high reward extension now can we?

Here’s an example of Brian Anderson’s power capabilities. Courtesy of the Miami Marlins Twitter account. (@Marlins)

 

During his rookie year, he hit for a .273 average, 11 home runs, 65 RBIs, 87 runs scored and with a 3.9 WAR. He is showing he can hit for average and the power numbers will only continue to increase. He is only going to get better with the constant work he puts into his skills. The only reasonable thing to do with our young star is to extend him, as other Major League clubs did with their young rising talent.

 

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