White Sox Interested In Extending Danks

The White Sox are trying to create room in their budget to sign John Danks to a multiyear extension, according to Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com. Danks, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2012 season, earned $3.45MM this year in his first season as an arbitration eligible player. The White Sox would like to lock him up through 2013 or, preferably, 2014, according to Padilla’s source.

The 25-year-old logged over 200 innings for the second consecutive season in 2010, pitching to a 3.72 ERA with 6.8 K/9 and 3.0 BB/9. He’s coming off of a strong season and a relatively large salary for a player in his first season of arbitration. Danks would probably earn roughly $5.5MM through arbitration next year, so a three-year extension could fall in the $23MM range and a four-year extension could cost $10MM or so more.

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16 Comments on "White Sox Interested In Extending Danks"


WiiCat
4 years 9 months ago

Not surprised. John Danks was the reliable workhorse that Buehrle was supposed to be this season. Hope this guy gets an extension.

comegys
4 years 9 months ago

Perfect timing for that article. Nice work, Ben.

4 years 9 months ago

White Sox better sign him long term.

dro03
4 years 9 months ago

He’s under control for two years so regardless I’m not too worried. But financially, they better sign him before he gets too expensive. I’d like to see the torch passed on to Danks from Buerhle, and he could be on the Southside for the next ten years. He still needs to show some more consistency to move to ace status but he’s still really young and has at least 3 or 4 more season’s til he hits his peak, so its more than enough time. Hopefully he develops with Chris Sale to give us a strong LH part of the rotation for years to come.

4 years 9 months ago

Sox tried to give him and Quentin the same deal that Floyd accepted. Seems like Quentin messed up but Danks will get a lot more. I believe he has 3 more arbitration years left so even if they don’t sign him now they have more time to work out a deal.

4 years 9 months ago

Should be signed long term. However he won’t sign a deal as team friendly as Gavin Floyd though. 3yr/$23M sounds reasonable.

Off topic but did anyone else see that trick Aubrey Huff pulled during the parade? That was kind of vulgar and inappropriate but that was kind of impressing.

dro03
4 years 9 months ago

definitely inappropriate but hilarious, nothing like a male thong in the teeth to get a town like San Fran going

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

it would have to be for more than 3 yrs to make sense considering he has 2 more arb years left…i would love to see a 5-6 year deal around 40-50 mill

4 years 9 months ago

I believe that if this attempt to sign him long term fails, the Sox will look to move him. He could be the centerpiece for any big deal that comes KW’s way this off season.

If they succeed in signing him, I can see them moving Jackson.

Starting pitching is the only real asset the Sox have to trade. To move anyone else(Beckham, Ramirez) would create a huge hole that would need to be addressed whereas if they moved a starter, they could still sign Garcia fairly reasonably, move Sale into the rotation and/or hopefully have Peavy come back to somewhere close to what he was before(OK..Im kinda wishing on that last one)

Im not saying that KW will be shopping Danks…but if he doesnt want to sign an extension, and since this would be the second attempt to get it done, I can see KW just getting as much as he can by trading him

dro03
4 years 9 months ago

I agree that starting pitching is our strongest asset, but at the same time Kenny has worked pretty hard to get it where it is now. Also we don’t know if Jake can regain decent form coming back from the injury. I was looking at the payroll and we pretty much have 3 open starting positions: C, 1B, DH and closer. We also have about 85 million tied up in players including Carlos Quentin and John Danks after arbitration earning about 5 mil each. So I think KW can work with that 20 mill or so to fill those positions, especially in this market without trading pitchers. It also seems like we want to keep Danks, a la Mark Buerhle. If anyone goes I think it would be Floyd because of his inconsistency, but thats still slim since he can be the best in the game when he’s on.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

floyd seems like the second most reasonable trade piece in terms of starting pitching..i feel that if peavy shows he is ready for opening day(should be the opening day starter or danks) they will try and trade jackson…this also only matters if kenny has chris sale penciled in as the 5th starter with possibly having freddy as a swing man /6th starter….the rotation of peavy, danks, floyd, buehrle, and sale is as good as it gets…with freddy as a back up we are fine…also he could try to move buehrle but thats doubtful

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

they would not trade him untill their central title window closes for sure…considering they have him no matter what this season and next season if they were to trade him( shouldn’t and probably wont) it would not be untill the 2012 seasons dead line…Now if chris sale comes in and pitches better than him this could all be moot…but dont forget this after the 2011 season buehrles contract and jacksons contracts are done…so there would be peavy, floyd, sale, and danks…

foxtown
4 years 9 months ago

I would much rather have Danks at 4 yrs/$35-40 million than Cliff Lee at 6 yrs/$100m+

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

same considering danks is a lot younger than cliff lee…and lee is now dealing with back problems…

moonraker45
4 years 9 months ago

danks is so underrated.

jwsox
4 years 9 months ago

not really he is known all around the league as one of the better left handers and will someday be one of the best left handers pitching.