White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson has played only one season in the big leagues. It was a good season, though, as the rookie hit .283/.306/.432 (OPS+ 102) with nine homers and ten stolen bases in 99 games.
As Bill mentioned last night, he and the White Sox were reported to be in talks about a long term deal. A few minutes ago Ken Rosenthal reported that a deal had been struck:
UPDATE: Bob Nightengale reports that the deal is six-years, $25 million. That is close to the record for a contract given to a player with less than a year of service time. Chris Archer received a $25.5 million deal after the 2013 season, though it had some contingencies in it regarding his Super Two status that could’ve brought it down lower. This may be the largest guaranteed deal for a player with such little service time.
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.
Middle infielder Everth Cabrera picked up a minor league contract with the White Sox last week, according to a report by La Prensa in Nicaragua. The 30-year-old has not played professional baseball since 2015, when he was released by the Giants after refusing to play for their Triple-A affiliate when he did not get a September call-up.
Prior to his dispute with the Giants, Cabrera saw some major league action with the Orioles through the first half of 2015, batting .208/.250/.229 with two stolen bases in 105 PA. It’s a far cry from the league-leading 44 bases he stole with the Padres back in 2012, and even though he’s reportedly made strides in the Nicaraguan professional baseball circuit since then, he’ll face some stiff competition for a roster spot in the spring.
As the White Sox roster currently stands, Brett Lawrie figures to have a lock on second base, while Tim Anderson is expected to cover short. Unless Cabrera can prove he’s retained some of the speed that earned him an All-Star nomination in 2013 (or, at the very least, his .283/.355/.381 batting line), it’s difficult to picture him winning a starting role in 2017.
The Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Monday that Tigers starter Michael Fulmer is the 2016 American League Rookie of the Year. He’s the first Tiger to win the award since Justin Verlander in 2006. He’s the first starting pitcher to win the award in the AL since Jeremy Hellickson in 2011 with the Rays.
Fulmer, 23, went 11-7 with a 3.06 ERA and a 132/42 K/BB ratio over 159 innings for the Tigers. He and Verlander anchored an otherwise uninspiring starting rotation.
Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez impressed in the final two months of the season, putting up a 1.032 OPS with 20 homers in 53 games. However, voters likely thought that Fulmer’s effort over a full season was more impressive than Sanchez’s over one-third of a season.
Fulmer was named first in 26 of 30 ballots with Sanchez taking the other four. Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin finished in third place followed by Astros reliever Chris Devenski, Mariners reliever Edwin Diaz, Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara, and White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson.
Astros shortstop Carlos Correa won the AL ROY last year.