Nov 5, 2023 - Sports

White Sox say so long to Tim Anderson

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Tim Anderson reacts after hitting a two-run home run against the Kansas City Royals in April 2019. Photo: Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images

After a tumultuous and unproductive season, the White Sox are moving on from the onetime face of their franchise.

What's happening: The team elected to turn down shortstop Tim Anderson's $14 million contract option for 2024. Anderson is now a free agent.

Context: The split comes after the former batting champ's worst year as a pro, collecting career lows in several categories including home runs — he hit just one all year.

  • Anderson also suffered through injuries and embarrassing on-field skirmishes. His boxing match brawl against Cleveland's Jose Ramirez led to a hefty suspension.

Yes, but: Before last year, Anderson was a bona fide All-Star and face of the South Siders, hitting over .300 from 2019-2023 and winning the AL batting title in 2019.

What they're saying: According to MLB.com, Anderson replied via text when asked for comment, saying "Chicago is always a place I'll be thankful for."

Zoom out: Anderson played with energy and drama, electrifying crowds with walk-off home runs and creating controversy over bat flips and celebrations.

What's next: The 30-year-old now enters free agency and could technically re-sign with the White Sox, but that's unlikely.

  • The Sox will move forward without a starting shortstop on the roster, but 21-year-old Colson Montgomery is the No. 1 player in the White Sox minor league system and could be called up to play in 2024.

The bottom line: By moving on from Anderson, first-year general manager Chris Getz is signaling a rebuild after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

  • In just under a year, White Sox stars Jose Abreu, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Jake Burger, Liam Hendriks and now Anderson are no longer with the team.
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