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MLB Trade Rumors: White Sox Don't Plan on Moving Tim Anderson During Offseason

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 6, 2022

Chicago White Sox's Tim Anderson smiles as he sits in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

The Chicago White Sox reportedly have no plans of trading shortstop Tim Anderson this offseason.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the White Sox plan to keep Anderson as they maintain a "short-term focus" on success.

Anderson is under team control through the 2024 season and is owed just $26.5 million for the remainder of his contract, so there's understandably no urgency to make a move. It's Anderson will remain in Chicago beyond his current contract with Colson Montgomery rising up the minor league ranks, but the 2021 first-round pick is not ready to make his MLB debut.

Retaining Anderson for the 2023 season and then revisiting his status heading into 2024 makes a ton more sense—particularly given the front office's desire to make the playoffs.

Anderson missed 83 games to injury last season but was stellar when in the lineup, hitting .301/.339/.395 with six home runs and 25 runs batted in. He was on pace for the best season of his career in April and May before suffering a groin strain that seemed to sap the power out of his swing and limit his effectiveness on the basepaths.

The White Sox eventually shut him down for the season in August after he suffered a torn finger ligament.

“I kind of understood the process,” Anderson told reporters in September. “I kept working, tried to get in the best position to get back healthy. But just couldn't quite get there.

“[I'm just going to] try to get healthy, for the most part, and just continue to keep building. Hopefully, [I] can continue to get better.”

Anderson has been an All-Star representative for the White Sox each of the last two seasons.