[UPDATE] — The deal between the White Sox and Anderson is for $25 million over six years, which also includes two team options which could push the deal to a total value of $50.5 million over eight seasons.
The Chicago White Sox and shortstop Tim Anderson are discussing the parameters of a long-term deal, sources have confirmed to FanRag Sports. MLB.com’s Scott Merkin was first to report the sides discussing a deal.
Anderson made his MLB debut last season with the White Sox and batted .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 99 games. He also doubled 22 times and had six triples. On the basepaths, he was successful 10 of the 12 times he swiped a bag.
During the 2015 season with Double-A Birmingham, Anderson stole 49 bases in 125 games, while adding 12 triples and a .312 batting average. That production was reason enough for Chicago to move him up the ranks to Triple-A in 2016, where he spent just 55 games before he was called up.
Taken in the first round (17th overall) of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft by the White Sox out of East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi, Anderson rocketed up Chicago’s prospect ranks. He topped out as the No. 19 overall prospect according to Baseball Prospectus prior to the start of last season.
To begin the year, Chicago experimented with veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins for 41 games, but it soon became apparent the team could wait no longer on Anderson’s arrival following his hot start at Triple-A.