The Brewers have made a few adjustments to their infield this offseason, but one position that they had not addressed was third base. That has now changed because the Brew Crew have reportedly signed free agent Brian Anderson. This is pending a physical.
Ken Rosenthal was the first to report that the Brewers were signing free agent third baseman Brian Anderson.
Free-agent infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson in agreement with Brewers, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 18, 2023
Anderson was non-tendered by the Miami Marlins in November. MLB trade rumors had him projected to make $5.2MM in 2023 (arbitration), but after back to back injury limiting seasons the Marlins elected to part ways with him.
Throughout his career, the 29 year old right-handed hitting third baseman has a .256/.341/.410 slash line. He has not reached double digit home runs the past two seasons, but at his best he can hit for a respectable average and get on base. He’s a plus defender with great arm strength as well.
Why add Brian Anderson to the Brewers infield mix?
Last season, Luis Urias and Jace Peterson split the majority of time at third base. Urias ended up seeing a dip in his offensive production and Peterson signed a contract with the Oakland Athletics. Mike Brosseau battled injuries last season and is best used against left-handed pitching.
Aside from signing Anderson, the Brewers have also added Abraham Toro, Owen Miller, and Brice Turang to the infield mix. Toro and Miller were acquired via trade whereas Turang was promoted internally. Toro and Miller both have experience at third base, but this has not been their primary position.
Having a bunch of players who can all play third base should make for some good competition. There is no clear cut starter at this point and whoever performs well in spring training may get the first shot at consistent playing time.