Miami Marlins DFA 2-Time All-Star & Former AL Batting Champ

The Miami Marlins have designated veteran infielder Tim Anderson for assignment, marking a significant shift in their roster strategy. 

Anderson, who signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Marlins in February, struggled to meet expectations during his 65-game stint in Miami. 

Posting career-low numbers, Anderson managed a .214/.237/.226 slash line in 241 plate appearances, with no home runs, a 28.2% strikeout rate, and a 2.9% walk rate. 

These disappointing stats have made it pretty unlikely that any team will claim him off waivers, leading to an expected release after clearing waivers.

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker expressed the difficulty of the decision, praising Anderson's hard work and positive influence in the clubhouse. "It’s never an easy day when you have to DFA one of your everyday players," Schumaker said. "Tim was awesome in the clubhouse. I didn’t know him before this year, and he was one of the harder workers I’ve ever been around.” 

Despite his efforts, Anderson couldn't replicate the form that saw him bat over .300 for four consecutive years with the Chicago White Sox, including winning the AL batting title in 2019. Anderson's production this season was far below his past standards, making the move necessary for the Marlins as they look to the future.

Anderson is a two-time All-Star, Silver Slugger winner, finished seventh in MVP voting in the 2020 season, and won the AL batting title in the 2019 season with the White Sox.

Over the past six seasons, the 31-year-old holds a .291/.323/.410 triple-slash line, with 52 home runs, 197 RBIs, 70 stolen bases, and 338 runs scored across 562 games played.

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