Good news: The Mariners confirmed the signing of another experienced outfielder…

Exciting news for the Mariners as they officially announce the addition of another seasoned outfielder to their roster. Following his release from a minor league deal earlier this week, Brian Anderson has swiftly secured a new agreement with the Mariners, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Anderson will be joining Triple-A Tacoma at the start of the season, providing valuable depth in the outfield with his extensive Major League experience.

During his tenure with the Marlins from 2017 to 2022, Anderson emerged as a key player, notably showcasing his talents from 2018 to 2020 when he maintained a solid .266/.350/.436 batting line (115 wRC+). He demonstrated consistency in the lineup, displaying a respectable 9% walk rate and a below-average 21.6% strikeout rate, while also contributing with 20 home runs in the 2019 season. Anderson adeptly split his time between third base and right field for Miami, delivering above-average defensive performances in both positions.

However, over the past three seasons, Anderson’s offensive production has waned, leading to the Marlins opting not to retain him after the 2022 season. Despite a change of scenery with the Brewers, Anderson struggled to regain his previous form. Since 2021, he has accumulated 1,008 plate appearances in the big leagues but has only managed a .231/.317/.362 slash line, coupled with a heightened 27.2% strikeout rate compared to his earlier seasons.

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Injuries have undoubtedly impacted Anderson’s performance decline, with setbacks such as oblique strains, shoulder subluxations necessitating lengthy IL stints, and multiple back injuries. Nonetheless, Anderson demonstrated promise during his brief stint with the Mariners in spring training, posting a solid .250/.344/.536 batting line with two home runs and two doubles in 32 plate appearances.

The Mariners face uncertainties at third base and right field, with Luis Urias/Josh Rojas sharing duties at third and Mitch Haniger aiming for a resurgence in right field after battling injuries. Given the potential instability in these positions, the Mariners may look to their upper-level depth, particularly if Anderson maintains his impressive performance from spring training, to address any roster needs that may arise.

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