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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Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

Last-place White Sox ready to trade, but only if the right offer arises

That the White Sox lost their fourth consecutive game doesn’t change the big picture plans of the franchise, which probably — but not definitely — will involve making at least one trade before the end of July.

Before the White Sox lost, 6-5, to the New York Yankees Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, general manager Rick Hahn met with the media and delivered the same message he’s had since trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in December. The White Sox are open for business, and would like to make a number of moves to further bolster their farm system, but won’t make a trade if they don’t receive what they view to be a fair return.

“Would I be surprised (if we didn’t make a trade)? No, because I try not to be surprised by the dynamics of this market,” Hahn said. “Would I be mildly disappointed? Sure. We are here to try to improve this club.

“We feel we have certain first and desirable players that would help other clubs and may fit better on their competitive windows then they do on ours right now. And we intend to be active each day in trying to further accomplish what we set out to do a year ago at this time.

“But do we have to do it? No. That would be using an artificial spot on the calendar to force decision-making. That would be the last thing we need to do. We need to take a long term view of what we are trying to accomplish.”

Hahn didn’t name names, but Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson could be short-term fixes for contending clubs. Jose Quintana, who will start Tuesday against the Yankees, remains the team’s most valuable trade chip despite a 4.69 ERA that sits over run higher than his career average.

Frazier homered Monday and entered the game hitting .262/.351/.524 since Memorial Day. Cabrera similarly has found success after a slow start, slashing a healthy .324/.375/.482 in his previous 34 games before picking up two hits in four at-bats Monday. And Robertson, who’s been linked to the relief-starved Washington Nationals for months, has 41 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings with 11 saves.

“We want to be able to do as much as we can in our power to get this team to where it needs to be,” Hahn said. “Yes, there’s an element of competitiveness involved in that. There’s an element of patience involved in that. But at the end of the day, we have to — we get paid to be prudent in our decision making. We have to make the right decision.”

In the meantime, the White Sox looked the part of a rebuilding team with the worst record in the American League on Monday. Starter David Holmberg struggled, allowing six runs on five hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings — but only two of those runs were earned thanks to errors by Holmberg, Frazier and Matt Davidson.

As the Yankees took advantage of those miscues with three runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, Jordan Montgomery retired nine consecutive White Sox batters and went on to cruise with eight strikeouts over seven innings. The White Sox – as they’ve done quite a bit this year – still showed fight late, battling back in the ninth inning.

Tim Anderson ripped a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Yankees left-hander Chasen Shreve to bring the White Sox within two. Joe Girardi quickly turned to Aroldis Chapman, who allowed a run when Jose Abreu doubled home Melky Cabrera. But the tying run was stranded on second when Avisail Garcia grounded out and Frazier flew out to end the game.