The Chicago White Sox need to see what Tim Anderson wants to do.
1. The decision on Tim Anderson’s club option
The Chicago White Sox can bring back Tim Anderson for next season on an affordable $14 million team option. The problem is Anderson is well removed from his AL batting title days.
Anderson struggled this year at the plate. He finished with a slash line of .245/.286/.296 and one home run. He was a -0.5 fWAR player with a wRC+ of 60. His offensive fWAR was a -26.1.
The Sox could bring him back and hope for a bounce-back season. It is not like he could turn things around. Injuries have played a role in his decline. He was limited to 79 games in 2022 and he battled a knee injury through the majority of 2023.
The club could also bring him back to cover shortstop next season while the team’s top prospect Colson Montgomery spends the entire season at Triple-A. Montgomery missed some necessary at-bats in the minors this season with an injury. Ideally, he needs some more time before he is ready to help the big-league club.
Getz could also exercise the option and flip him for prospects. The shortstop free-agent market is thin this offseason. A change of scenery may motivate a contender to pony up some players to get Anderson.
The Sox tried hoping for rebound seasons last offseason and over 100 losses was the result. The dilemma is the lack of quality replacements available internally or on the open market.