The Chicago White Sox and shortstop Tim Anderson agreed to a six-year, $25 million dollar deal. The deal includes two team options, and could turn the deal into a $50.5 million dollar deal over eight seasons. MLB.com's Scott Merkin was the first to report both sides were discussing an extension.
Anderson, 23, was a rookie last season and impressed in his first year in the big leagues. Last season, in 99 games with the White Sox, the young shortstop had a solid slash line of .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 30RBIs. His 22 doubles and six triples in 410 at bats, dazzled scouts and front office executives, which led to the six-year extension.
After his appearance in the 2014 Arizona Fall League, Tim Anderson was a player every executive wanted and every reporter knew of. He flourished in Arizona after his first full minor league season. In 99 plate appearances, his .301/.343/.430 slash line censored a light bulb in Chicago's front office.
Chicago knew they had their shortstop of the future, after they selected him in the 2013 draft at 17th overall. Prior to the 2015 season, Anderson was rated the 39th overall prospect by Baseball Prospectus.
Anderson continued to awe scouts and put his name on the board, when he was rated the 19th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball Prospectus, before the 2016 season.