MLB.com’s Scott Merkin spoke with White Sox GM Ken Williams on Friday. The general manager hinted that he’s not planning on rushing into long-term contract talks with young players like John Danks, Carlos Quentin or Gavin Floyd.
"You are way, way too far ahead there," Williams told Merkin. "I have to look at how the Dow Jones did today and see the general state of the economy before we start committing large sums of money out there."
Assitant GM Rick Hahn provided a more optimistic outlook, noting that multi-year contract talks don’t typically take place in early February. "Historically, you talk about it in Spring Training, in a more relaxed atmosphere," Hahn said. "There has to be a meeting of the minds, with a willingness also on the part of the player and the agent."