The Chicago White Sox decided against triggering the option in Tom Anderson’s contract, allowing the shortstop to become a free agent. He will consequently receive a $1 million payout, which pales in comparison to the $14 million salary he would have received had he been kept around for the 2024 season.
A two-time All-Star, Anderson struggled during the past season, posting a minus-2.0 WAR. Over the course of eight seasons, he hit .245 with one home run and 25 RBIs in 123 games. His career-best came in 2019 when he topped the MLB by hitting .335. The 30-year-old player has been hampered with injuries over the past two seasons, battling with a sprained left knee and right shoulder soreness.
Joining Anderson in free agency is Liam Hendriks, with the White Sox declining his $15 million option as well. Hendriks is not expected to return to baseball until the end of the 2024 season after having undergone Tommy John surgery.