The White Sox signed shortstop Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million contract extension Tuesday, the team announced.
The deal is the largest ever given to a player with less than one year of service in the majors.
Considered a key piece of the ongoing rebuild on the South Side, Anderson, who’ll turn 24 in June, batted .283/.306/.432 in his rookie season with nine homers, 30 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.
USA Today reported that under the new deal the Sox also have two club options on Anderson’s service, buying out all of his arbitration years and two years of free agency.
Anderson will be paid $850,000 this season and with the new deal could be tied to the White Sox through the season in which he’ll turn 31.
The Cubs earlier this spring signed 2016 NL MVP Kris Bryant to a record one-year deal for a player in his second year of MLB service.
This doesn’t automatically give Donaldson a 75 percent chance at enshrinement. For one thing, Wins Above Average is a harsh metric, harsher than WAR, with players apt to fall off the proverbial cliff with it as they enter their mid-30s. Take Utley, who totaled 34 Wins Above Average Cheap Jerseys With Free Shipping from 2005 through 2010 and has been good for just 7.2 Wins Above Average in six seasons Chinese Cheap Jerseys since. Accordingly, there’s no guarantee Donaldson will get to 30 Wins Above Average, though there seems a reasonably good chance if he stays healthy.
It’s hard to know, because it’s spring training. Few results really matter in spring training. Down here, it’s more about the process — getting ready for the start of the year for the veterans and just getting better for the prospects. Actual numbers and results are red herrings.