Miami Marlins third baseman Brian Anderson could also be a fit for the Colorado Rockies
Back when we looked at just one trade target for the Colorado Rockies from each MLB team in October, we chose Brian Anderson as the target for the Miami Marlins.
Anderson, 27, could help fill in the Rockies need for an infielder (particularly an infielder on the left side) as he is a third baseman. However, he has had some injury issues in 2021 that has hampered his production.
In 2021, Anderson only played in 67 games due to three IL stints in 2021, including two stints for a shoulder injury and one for an oblique injury. He hit .249/.337/.379 with an OPS+ of 95.
In the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign, he played in 59 games and he hit .255/.345/.465 with 11 homers and 38 RBI. That’s equivalent to 30 homers and 104 RBI in 162 games, which is exactly what the Rockies need in their lineup.
He was on pace for 26 homers and 85 RBI in 2019 but he missed the final month of the season after he fractured his left fifth metacarpal (the bone toward the base of the palm below the pinky finger) as a result of being hit by a pitch. He only played in 126 games and he had a slash line of .261/.342/.468.
The Rockies may like Anderson more with his versatility. He has extensive playing time in right field but in either in the majors, minors, and/or collegiately, he has played at least five games at first base, second base, and left field as well.
Anderson is also from Edmond, Oklahoma, and the Rockies have been known to love their Oklahomans.
He is entering his second year of arbitration so, depending on how the CBA turns out, the Rockies could have two years of control on him.