3 White Sox players that could break franchise contract record

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox reacts as he walks back to the dugout after the sixth inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Lucas Giolito #27 of the Chicago White Sox reacts as he walks back to the dugout after the sixth inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Tim Anderson
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Tim Anderson

Tim Anderson has been one of the most consistent White Sox players ever.

If the White Sox aren’t going to pay Tim Anderson then who are they going to pay? Anderson is not only the face of their franchise but one of the faces of the league.

He is also one of the most marketable and beloved players on the roster. In 2021, he was selected as the cover athlete for R.B.I Baseball 21, making him the first White Sox player to be featured on the cover of a video game. He also appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated with Javier Baez

Anderson is signed through the 2022 season with options for 2023-24. His play on the field validates an extension. In 2019 he led the major leagues with a .335 batting average. In the process, he joined Luke Appling and Frank Thomas as the only player in franchise history to take home an American League batting title. Anderson was also tied for first in four-hit games with six.

The following season, Anderson attempted to become the 12th player in the modern era to lead the majors in average in back-to-back seasons. He fell just short, finishing second to DJ LeMahieu. However, his .322 average, 10 home runs, and .529 slugging percentage were enough to earn a Silver Slugger Award.

During the playoff, he raised his level of play. His nine hits in his first three postseason games are the most in MLB history. His Wild Card Series performance also put him in the company of Lou Brock as the only players with three straight three-hit efforts in the playoffs.

He batted over .300 once again in 2021 this time posting a .301 average. He also added 17 home runs, 94 runs scored, and a team-leading 18 stolen bases. Anderson was also named to his first All-Star team. At the age of 27, he is just entering his prime.

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