CHICAGO — Tim Anderson will return for an eighth season as White Sox shortstop as Chicago equipped on Monday it had exercised his $12.5 million club likelihood for 2023.
The White Sox moreover declined the $5.5 million club likelihood for 2023 on infielder Josh Harrison, with a $1.5 million buyout.
Anderson, 29, slashed .301/.339/.395 over 79 video games and 351 plate appearances in 2022. He done with 13 doubles, six residence runs, 25 RBIs, 13 stolen bases and 50 runs scored, and he used to be an All-Enormous title Game starter, factual the fourth shortstop in White Sox historic past to receive such an honor.
Nevertheless Anderson’s presence used to be overlooked all over the relaxation two months of Chicago’s disappointing 81-81 campaign. If José Abreu used to be the center of the crew, then Anderson used to be the one who consistently raised the vitality stage. He went on the 10-day injured list on Aug. 9 with a sagittal band traipse on the heart finger of his left hand and overlooked the relaxation of the season following surgical operation.
That shatter stemmed from a checked swing all over an at-bat against the Rangers on Aug. 6 in Arlington.
“I extra or less understood the system,” mentioned Anderson in an interview all over the relaxation residence series against Minnesota. “I kept working, tried to fetch within the nice divulge to fetch inspire wholesome. Nevertheless factual could well well no longer rather fetch there.
“[I’m just going to] are attempting to fetch wholesome, for essentially the most half, and factual proceed to deal with constructing. With any luck, [I] can proceed to fetch greater.”
Elvis Andrus replaced Anderson as a free-agent pickup on Aug. 19 after he used to be released by the A’s, and he brought that the biggest vitality at shortstop, hitting 9 residence runs and stealing 11 bases in factual 43 video games on the quit of the White Sox uncover. Andrus, 34, is a free agent, and a return to Chicago would facilitate a circulate to 2nd unhealthy, the assign he has undoubtedly no longer played.
Harrison, 35, slashed .256/.317/.370 with 19 doubles, two triples, seven residence runs, 27 RBIs and 50 runs scored in 119 video games remaining season after signing with Chicago as a free agent. The broken-down used to be a standout clubhouse presence and, after a depressing delivery all over which he hit .149 through Could 16, Harrison done with a .279 average and a .730 OPS over his remaining 350 plate appearances.
The White Sox need extra steadiness from the left side of their lineup, and 2nd unhealthy figures to be one of the most alternatives to occupy that need. Below new supervisor Pedro Grifol, Anderson and the White Sox are attempting place the underachievement of 2022 mercurial on the inspire of them within the center of this aggressive window.
“So up and down, undoubtedly no longer also can score that scorching trip,” mentioned Anderson, whose .319 average for the reason that delivery of the 2019 season leads the Majors. “With any luck we also can lift it on, but we factual could well well no longer score it. Nevertheless for essentially the most half, we perceive what came about. Now we hold to advance inspire, and be greater and proceed to deal with working.”
Anderson’s six-year, $25 million deal has a $14 million club likelihood with a $1 million buyout for 2024 forward of the shortstop can enter free company sooner than the ’25 season.