GLENDALE, Ariz. — Second-year shortstop Tim Anderson could become the latest player to sign an early long-term deal with the White Sox if recent reports come to fruition.
The Sox are discussing a multiyear contract with Anderson, according to MLB.com. A team official would not confirm or deny the report and indicated no announcement was expected Monday.
Anderson was out of the lineup for the third straight day against the Giants at Camelback Ranch. He was in camp Monday morning and said he had to attend to a personal matter. He said his absence was not injury-related.
“It’s personal problems,” Anderson said. “I’m really just trying to take care of that before I get back into things.”
Anderson, 23, is hitting .333 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs in 11 games this spring. He said he might play Tuesday.
Anderson, the 17th pick in the 2013 draft, had a strong showing in his first four months in the majors in 2016, hitting .283 with 22 doubles, six triples, nine homers, 30 RBIs and a .738 OPS in 99 games.
That performance makes him look like a key piece in the team’s future, and the Sox have noted how much more comfortable Anderson looks this spring.
“Last year I was one of those guys who was staying under the radar and staying to myself,” Anderson said earlier this spring. “But this year, being in a relationship with these guys and getting to know them a lot better, I feel a lot more comfortable.”
A multiyear deal would come long before the Sox could lose Anderson to free agency. He likely would be arbitration-eligible for the 2020 season and a free agent after 2022.
The Sox have worked out long-term deals early in recent years, including with left-handers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana and outfielder Adam Eaton. The affordable contracts were among the selling points when the Sox traded Sale and Eaton in the offseason.