The biggest news over the weekend for the Chicago White Sox was when the team announced on Saturday that they have declined the $14MM option on shortstop Tim Anderson’s contract for the 2024 season.
It was a decision that seemingly indicated that the White Sox were ready to move on from Anderson as at $14MM, that would have been an affordable salary for the team to bring back the one-time face of their franchise. The best-case scenario for the White Sox would have been for Anderson to rebound after struggling during the 2023 season and the team would have had the opportunity to trade him at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline next season.
It does not appear that the White Sox are too interested in bringing Anderson back on a different deal and on Monday, the former White Sox shortstop shared what could be perceived as a farewell message to fans of the South Siders.
Former Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson took time out on Monday to thank White Sox fans and the organization for his time with the team.
When Anderson hit the walk-off home run against the New York Yankees in the first-ever Field of Dreams game in 2021, it would have seemed crazy to believe that two years later, he would be leaving the White Sox organization with the understanding that both the team and player need a clean break.
Anderson does need to be applauded for what he meant to the White Sox through his ascension. Regardless of what was going on off the field, Anderson always represented the White Sox proudly and was a pillar in the community. For a White Sox team that is often overlooked in the city of Chicago, Anderson took pride in being a south sider.
If this is truly the end of Anderson’s time with the White Sox, then the ask is to remember the good times and not the disappointing conclusion to his tenure with the team.