We’re fast approaching the time of year where MLB teams do their best and final calculations about their team’s playoff chances, either doubling down by adding talent or making trades to bring in prospects.
For the Chicago White Sox, a second consecutive sub-.500 season across Illinois sports betting calls for a teardown of the team’s MLB roster, rejuvenating a farm system that MLB.com ranked 26th in the league at the start of the 2023 season.
One veteran South Sider that could get dealt before the Aug. 1 deadline is eighth-year shortstop Tim Anderson, who is due a $14 million club option in 2024 in the final year of his deal with the team.
IllinoisBet compiled hypothetical odds on where the White Sox could trade Anderson ahead of next week’s trade deadline, and you won't find these odds on any Illinois betting apps.
Where Will Tim Anderson Land?
Where Could Anderson Go At The Deadline?
The clubhouse leader to land Anderson on Aug. 1 is the NL West leading L.A. Dodgers, who sport the game’s fifth highest payroll ($229.1 million) but also second-best farm system in the game, according to MLB.com’s rankings.
The Dodgers’ unique combination of big spending on their MLB roster and stockpiling of MiLB prospects makes them a natural fit for Anderson’s services at the deadline. And with a BetMGM bonus code Illinois you can see that the Dodgers are the second favorite at +500 (behind only the Braves) to capture the Fall Classic.
That’s in spite of the fact that Anderson is in the midst of one of his worst MLB seasons statistically — with his second-lowest batting average (.241), on-base percentage (.281) and lowest slugging percentage and OPS (.283 and .563) of his career, with a -1.1 WAR through 77 games.
Other MLB teams that we see as potential landing spots for Anderson include the Miami Marlins (+450), the Milwaukee Brewers (+550) and the San Francisco Giants (+600) — all of whom are at or near the top of their respective divisions with the type of prospects needed to land a player of Anderson’s level.
Whether the Dodgers would be willing to part with a top-flight prospect like 21-year-old catcher Diego Cartaya (who The Athletic’s Keith Law has as the No. 6 prospect in baseball) or 23-year utility infielder Miguel Vargas (who Law has as the 23rd best prospect in the game) remains to be seen.
What seems certain is that Anderson will not be donning the pinstripes for the Sox after the deadline, as the two-time All-Star is one of the top names to be dealt before Aug. 1.
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