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Report: White Sox discussing long-term contract with Tim Anderson

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MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are discussing a multi-year contract with shortstop Tim Anderson.

Anderson, 23, made his major league debut last season, batting .283/.306/.432 with 37 extra-base hits, 30 RBI, 57 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 431 plate appearances. He won’t become arbitration eligible until the 2019 season, so the White Sox aren’t exactly under any pressure to get a deal done. That they are doing so indicates their confidence in Anderson becoming a great player.

The White Sox selected Anderson in the first round — 17th overall — in the 2013 draft. He was a consensus top-100 prospect going into the 2015 season and was a consensus top-50 heading into last season, even earning a No. 19 overall ranking from Baseball Prospectus.

Dodgers acquire Matt Kemp in five-player trade with Braves

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The Dodgers have pulled off their first blockbuster trade of the offseason, sending Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, Charlie Culberson, Adrian Gonzalez and cash considerations to the Braves for Matt Kemp, per announcements from both teams. The Braves are set to designate Gonzalez for assignment on Monday, making him a free agent.

Kemp, 33, had a down year with the Braves in 2017, hitting a career-low -0.5 fWAR in 115 games with the club. At the plate, he slashed a modest .276/.318/.463 with 19 home runs and a .781 OPS through 467 plate appearances, but was hampered by a nagging left hamstring strain through most of the season. This will be his 10th campaign with the Dodgers.

Whether or not Kemp can rebound during his second stint in Los Angeles is almost beside the point, however. The deal is effectively a salary dump to end all salary dumps. Offloading multiple one-year contracts for McCarthy, Kazmir and Gonzalez should bring the Dodgers back under the $197 million luxury tax threshold and position them to make a run at some of the big fish in next year’s free agent pool. It’s also worth noting that they may not keep Kemp around for long — per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the club appears as likely to flip the veteran outfielder as they are to use him. As for the Braves, they not only rid themselves of the $43 million due Kemp through 2020, but added some rotation and infield depth with McCarthy and Culberson and can now give top prospect Ronald Acuna a legitimate tryout in left field.