The White Sox will pick up Tim Anderson’s club option
TODAY: The White Sox officially announced that Anderson’s option has been exercised. In addition, the Sox announced that they declined their $5.5 million club option Josh Harrisoninstead of paying the veteran a $1.5 million buyout.
As recently discussed in Tim Dierkes Offseason Outlook, the decision to pick up Anderson’s club option was a relatively easy one, as the two-time All-Star has been a strong shortstop when healthy. However, it was difficult for Anderson to stay on the field. As of 2019, the 29-year-old has dealt with a right ankle injury, two right groin injuries, two left hamstring injuries and a torn sagittal band in his left middle finger. Furthermore, as of 2019, Anderson has not appeared in more than 123 games, is limited to 123 games in 2019 and 2021, while playing just 79 games in 2022.
But when he’s on the pitch, he’s worth every penny. Over the past four seasons, Anderson has posted a combined .318/.347/.474 line, earning two All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger. Additionally, over the past four seasons, Anderson has a wRC+ of 123 — the seventh-highest mark among shortstops. While Anderson posted a subpar .301/.339/.398 slash line in 2022, he lowered his strikeout rate to an extremely low 15.7% – 7.5% lower than his career high.
With top free agents likely with a salary of $30 million or more, Anderson is a quality bargain for a White Sox team looking to return to the playoffs after the 2022 slump.
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