White Sox, Tim Anderson discussing contract extension

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White Sox, Tim Anderson discussing contract extension

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tim Anderson missed a third straight game on Monday for personal reasons, with the belief being that the White Sox are engaged in discussions with their shortstop about a long-term extension. 

A source confirmed MLB.com's first suggestion that a motive for Anderson's absence has been contract talks for the second-year player. 

Anderson, who is hitting .333/.333/.472 with a home run and three RBIs in 36 plate appearances this spring, last played on Friday but clarified he isn't injured. He said early Monday that he was dealing with a "personal problem" and may return to action by Tuesday but offered no other details.

"I'm just trying to take care of that before I get back into things," Anderson said.

A team official said the club wouldn't confirm nor deny the initial report and that no news is imminent. 

Anderson, 22, had a fantastic rookie campaign after he debuted on June 10. He hit .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances in 2016. He produced 2.8 Wins Above Replacement, according to baseball-reference.com.

Unless he qualifies as a super two, Anderson isn't likely to reach arbitration until 2020.

Anderson would be the latest young White Sox star to sign an extension.

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale inked a team-friendly deal with the White Sox in 2013 that still has three years remaining. A year after that, Jose Quintana signed another team-friendly contract that could keep him with the White Sox through 2020. The team also extended Adam Eaton's deal in 2015.

All three contracts made each player far more enticing options on the trade market. 

The team could be keeping Anderson off the field until a potential deal is finalized. Manager Rick Renteria also cited a personal matter as the reason for Anderson's absence.

"He's fine," Renteria said.

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White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

White Sox ace Jose Quintana puts on a show in victory over Reds

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Those pesky, persistent trade rumors continue to be no match for White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana. 

The 2016 All-Star was outstanding on Thursday afternoon as he made his first Cactus League appearance in nearly a month. Still waiting on word if he'll be the team's Opening Day starter, Quintana pitched seven scoreless innings against a thin Cincinnati Reds lineup in a 4-2 White Sox victory at Camelback Ranch. 

Pitching in front of more than a dozen scouts, Quintana limited Cincinnati to two hits in a 79-pitch outing and struck out three.

"I just try to turn the page quick and keep going," Quintana said. "Never watch behind me and try to go ahead every time I can. I want to put my team in a good position to win games. It's good when you win games in spring training. It brings good energy for the season."

Quintana on Thursday followed the same format he did for Colombia against Team USA in the World Baseball Classic on March 10 as he retired the first 17 Reds hitters he faced. Even after he surrendered a hit, Quintana got back to work. Featuring a fastball that sat between 91-93 mph early, Quintana had Cincinnati hitters off-balance all day. After he exited the game, Quintana sprinted to the right-field bullpen to throw 15 more pitches as he continues to build arm strength.

The outing is more of the same consistency the White Sox have come to expect from their trusted lefty. It's also why they refuse to remove the high sticker price attached to Quintana, who has competed at least 200 innings the past four seasons with a 3.32 overall ERA in that span.

As Opening Day approaches, the White Sox continue to listen to offers for Quintana but have refused to budge on their price. Manager Rick Renteria said on Wednesday he needed a few more days before naming his starter for the April 3 opener, which suggests the team would still trade Quintana at this late date. But unless one of the team's suitors finally antes up, it's hard to believe that anyone other than Quintana would take the mound against the Detroit Tigers when the 2017 season kicks off at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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Quintana is on target to pitch again Tuesday, though perhaps in a minor league game as the White Sox face Kansas City that day. His next turn would come on April 2, which would easily afford the team the chance to push him back one day. 

Giving Quintana the nod in the opener would be the latest honor bestowed upon him. Earlier this month, Quintana dominated the eventual WBC champion as he didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the sixth inning. That performance came after an outstanding campaign in which Quintana finally appeared in an All-Star Game.

All of the above has Quintana feeling pretty good about his abilities. 

"I have confidence in me, and every time I go out there I just try to have fun and enjoy that time," Quintana said. "I spend good time with my teammates. Every time I go to the mound, I feel pretty good."

Nicky Delmonico homered and singled in a run in the victory for the White Sox. He drove in three runs and hit his third homer of the spring. Leury Garcia also had two hits and made a pair of nice defensive plays at second base.