Heyman: White Sox discussing long-term deal with Tim Anderson


The White Sox signed shortstop Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million contract extension Tuesday morning, USA Today reported, citing an unidentified "high-ranking executive with direct knowledge of the deal".

No player with less than a year of major-league service time has ever signed such a lucrative deal.

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The deal is expected to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

A first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Anderson has quickly emerged as one of MLB's most promising young middle infielders. The White Sox are hoping that the 23-year-old can establish himself as a top-of-the-lineup bat in 2017 after he slashed.283/.306/.432 in 431 plate appearances as a rookie, while delivering nine homers and 10 steals. Anderson isn't arbitration-eligible until after the 2019 season, but the White Sox obviously see something special in him and want to make a long-term commitment to him.

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The White Sox are in the midst of a rebuild that has seen Adam Eaton and Chris Sale shipped out of town since last season, though the club clearly views Anderson as part of its core moving forward.

Anderson earned Class 6A All-State honors at Hillcrest in 2011 before playing two seasons at East Central Community College in Decatur, Miss.

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