4 good options to replace Tim Anderson while he’s out

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Chicago White Sox, Elvis Andrus
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Elvis Andrus

The Chicago White Sox could trade for Tim Anderson’s replacement.

The trade market for quality shortstops is scarce. When you factor in rebuilding teams that are likely to do business with the White Sox things look even bleaker. If the White Sox were to swing a trade, then Elvis Andrus could be a name to consider.

Andrus is a fourteen-year veteran and two-time All-Star. While his best days are behind him he is more than capable of manning shortstop for a couple of months when Anderson is away.

He has ranked first in the range factor per game at shortstop on four different occasions. In 2009, he led the AL with a 4.51 mark. His career-high came in 2015 when he owned a range factor per game of 4.78.

He led the league in back-to-back seasons in 2017 and 2018 posting a 4.70 and 4.14 mark. Andrus has also led the AL in putouts on five separate occasions.

Andrus also brings more postseason experience to the clubhouse. He has played in the World Series twice and logged a total of 42 postseason games.

This season he is batting .233 with three home runs, nine RBIs, and three stolen bases. While those numbers do not jump off the page, it is sadly better than half of the White Sox starting lineup.

However, giving up assets in an already depleted farm system doesn’t seem like a good idea for the White Sox unless Anderson misses the majority of the season.

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