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Friday, April 10, 2009
Marlon's Met days numbered?

Adam Rubin reports on what might be the end of a career: Obviously, $1.15 million means nothing to the Mets. I don't mean that with any derision at all; for the Mets, a million bucks is essentially a rounding error, at least when it comes to their payroll (I'm sure some of their front-office interns might see things a bit differently).

Anderson's recent career has been a little odd. In his first two seasons in the majors, with the Phillies, he posted sub-.300 on-base percentages and it wasn't clear that he belonged in the majors at all. But at 27, he enjoyed his career season, batting .293/.337/.421 while playing second base, and it's that season that's essentially led to a 12-year career.

Of course, he's never played that well as a full-timer since that career season, but he again resuscitated his career, at 32, by slugging .513 with the Nationals and (briefly) the Dodgers in 2006. He was pretty good with the Mets in 2007, too. Then last year's disaster. I can't figure out if 2007 and '08 was a fluke, or if Anderson is capable of thriving when not asked to do much. I do suspect he'll get a shot somewhere as a pinch-hitter and jack-of-all-positions. And I can't help but admire his stick-to-itiveness.