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Chicago White Sox Rumors: Team Discussing Long-Term Extension With Tim Anderson

As the White Sox continue to rebuild, the team is looking to lock up one of their key youngsters to a long-term deal.

According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the Chicago White Sox and shortstop Tim Anderson are discussing a multi-year extension that will keep him on the south side and be one of the key young pieces of the rebuild.

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Anderson, 23, made his major league debut last season and exceeded the high expectations usually heaped on top prospects. The White Sox selected Anderson in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft. At the beginning of the 2015 season, he was regarded as a top 100 prospect in baseball by the majority of publications and he worked his way into the top 50 prior to last season. 

Last season, Anderson played 99 games and slashed a very respectable .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 30 runs batted in. As a young player, he still has plenty of things to work on. He must work on plate discipline and needs to cut down on strikeouts. He walked just 10 times last season, while striking out 117 times. He doesn't have enormous power potential, but he does have speed and has quality defensive potential. 

The White Sox may be taking a risk by extending a player that has played just a mere 99 games in the big leagues, but the front office must like what they have seen so far. 


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