Tim Anderson signs 1-year, $5M contract with Marlins

Shortstop Tim Anderson is joining the Miami Marlins on a one-year, $5 million contract, the team announced Saturday.

In a corresponding move, Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara was placed on the 60-day injured list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in October.

Anderson, 30, joins Miami following a season to forget in 2023. After he played for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, Anderson struggled on both offense and defense for the Chicago White Sox while dealing with a sprained left knee and right shoulder soreness.

"I'm just excited," Anderson told reporters Saturday. "I'm excited to see what the future holds."

His .582 OPS was the lowest among all qualified hitters in the major leagues last season while he ranked last in defensive runs saved for shortstops at minus-16. After hitting over .300 in four consecutive seasons, the eight-year veteran saw his batting average drop to .245 in 2023, and his strikeout rate spiked by 8%. He went nearly four months without hitting a home run, finishing with just one (on July 29).

The White Sox declined their $14 million option on Anderson in November, paying him a $1 million buyout.

While speaking to reporters Saturday, Anderson acknowledged his knee and other injury issues took a toll on him last season.

"I had nothing to hit up against," Anderson said. "That led to a lot of ground balls. No excuses. I kept working. I feel good today. I feel healthy. I'm ready to go and I'm excited."

Marlins manager Skip Schumaker believes those 2023 struggles should give Anderson even more incentive this season.

"I've said it before, anybody that's motivated is dangerous at this level," Schumacher said. "I'm not sure there's many guys more motivated than that kid."

Anderson was a first-round pick of the White Sox in 2013. He made the All-Star team in 2021 and 2022 and finished seventh in American League MVP voting during the shortened 2020 season, when he also won the Silver Slugger award.

His previous success led to a Team USA spot for the WBC, where he shined at the plate and played some at second base. He has spent his entire MLB career at shortstop.

Anderson has a .282 career batting average with 98 home runs, 338 RBIs, 528 runs scored and 117 stolen bases.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.