Sox work­ing with SS An­der­son on ex­ten­sion

Chicago Sun-Times - - SOXBEAT - BY DARYL VANSCHOUWEN Staff Re­porter Fol­low me on Twit­ter @ CST_ sox­van. Email: dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com

GLEN­DALE, Ariz.— Short­stop Tim An­der­son was out of the lineup for a third con­sec­u­tive day when the White Sox hosted the Gi­ants on Mon­day at Camel­back Ranch.

By the af­ter­noon, it be­came ap­par­ent why that was the case.

Man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria and An­der­son said An­der­son was out for per­sonal rea­sons. But a source con­firmed an MLB. com re­port that the Sox and An­der­son, 23, are dis­cussing a long- term con­tract ex­ten­sion. A Sox spokesman wouldn’t con­firm or deny the re­port.

‘‘ It’s just a per­sonal prob­lem,’’ An­der­son said when he was asked why he was sit­ting out. ‘‘ We’re go­ing to try and take care of it be­fore I get back into things.’’

‘‘ He’s fine,’’ Ren­te­ria said, adding he hoped to have An­der­son back in the lineup Tues­day.

An­der­son is bat­ting .333 with a home run and two dou­bles this spring after post­ing a .283/. 306/. 432 slash line with nine homers and 30 RBI as a rookie last sea­son.

The Sox signed left- han­ders Chris Sale and Jose Quin­tana and out­fielder Adam Ea­ton to mul­ti­year ex­ten­sions be­fore they be­came el­i­gi­ble for free agency, but an ex­ten­sion for An­der­son would come ear­lier in his ca­reer. An­der­son wouldn’t be el­i­gi­ble for ar­bi­tra­tion un­til be­fore the 2020 sea­son or for free agency un­til 2023.

Sale signed a five- year, $ 32.5 mil­lion ex­ten­sion with two op­tion sea­sons dur­ing spring train­ing in 2013. He was three years into his ca­reer.

The next spring, the Sox signed Quin­tana to a five- year, $ 21 mil­lion ex­ten­sion with two op­tion sea­sons. He had two years un­der his belt.

Ea­ton signed five- year, $ 23.5 mil­lion ex­ten­sion with two op­tion sea­sons dur­ing spring train­ing in 2015.

The af­ford­able ex­ten­sions height­ened Sale’s and Ea­ton’s trade value in De­cem­ber, and it’s do­ing the same for Quin­tana, who might be dealt as the Sox re­build for the fu­ture.

The Sox con­sider An­der­son and 24- year- old left- han­der Car­los Rodon, who is rep­re­sented by Scott Bo­ras, as two key com­po­nents in their fu­ture.

Bo knows change

For­mer two- sport su­per­star Bo Jack­son, a com­mu­nity- re­la­tions am­bas­sador for the Sox, has no­ticed a dif­fer­ent at­mos­phere while vis­it­ing camp.

‘‘ I’ve no­ticed a big change,’’ said Jack­son, who played for the Sox in 1991 and 1993. ‘‘ I’m not say­ing that the past peo­ple that were here didn’t do a good job be­cause they did. But this spring, play­ers have a lit­tle more hop in their step. They are smil­ing more and talk­ing more and hav­ing a good time. That’s al­ways a pos­i­tive.’’

Per­haps it’s the in­flux of new prospects around camp. Ren­te­ria’s up­beat man­ner and en­ergy have been in­fec­tious, and he has been proac­tive about get­ting play­ers — vet­er­ans and young­sters alike — to blend.

‘‘ It’s al­most like you get tired of do­ing the same old thing every year,’’ Jack­son said. ‘‘ They are try­ing to do some­thing dif­fer­ent, and they are hav­ing fun do­ing it dif­fer­ent.

‘‘ There’s a whole lot more con­ver­sa­tion that’s go­ing on around here.’’

| AP

Short­stop TimAn­der­son has missed the Sox’ last three spring games be­cause of what he called ‘‘ a per­sonal prob­lem.’’

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