The Milwaukee Brewers have inked a contract with 3rd basemen and corner outfielder Brian Anderson.
What does this acquisition mean for Milwaukee? Let's deep dive. Anderson, not to be confused with long time Brewers color commentator Brian Anderson, has been a main stay in the Miami Marlins organization since he debuted in September of 2017.
In 2019 Anderson slashed .261/.342/.468.
He hit 20 home runs a career high and drove in 66 runs. This was a career year for Anderson. Fast forward to 2022 and you can see that the injury bug has plagued him a bit. Last year he slashed only .222/.311/.346.
He hit eight home runs and drove in 28 runs, the exact same amount he drove in in 2021. In those season Anderson played in 67 games in 2021 and 98 games in 2022. The limited playing time obviously deflated his numbers
Now that the deal is official we can ask ourselves what are the Milwaukee Brewers thinking? Apparently, the signing was impacted by the fact that Anderson can play the corner outfield, which means Garrett Mitchell looks like a shoe in for center field.
Now where do guys like Sal Frelick and Joey Wiemer fit in this equation? With Yelich locking down left field, that leaves one spot in right field for three guys, if you count 19 year old phenom prospect Jackson Chourio.
Personally, I believe that there is a deal in the works that will involve the Milwaukee Brewers shipping out one of there highly rated outfield prospects with one of our big three stars who haven't signed deals as of yet to maximize the returns (Adames) (Woodruff) and of course, our Cy Young winner (Corbin Burnes).
With Anderson being a regular third basemen the Crew could slot Urias over to second, but what does that mean for Brice Turang, who is slated to be given most of the playing time there? We also have Abraham Toro, Mike Brosseau and Owen Miller in the fold. There needs to be playing time for them as well.
This signing seems like a head scratcher at the moment, but I'm sure we will soon see what Matt Arnold and Co have in their plans.