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November 4, 2010

White Sox working on a multiyear year deal for LHP John Danks [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ November 4, 2010 3:10 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

The Chicago White Sox have pushed John Danks near the top of their offseason priorities.

According to a source, the team is trying to work a multiyear contract for the left-handed starter into their budget. So while negotiating with free agent Paul Konerko lies ahead, as well as deciding whether or not to bring back A.J. Pierzynski, not to mention retooling the bullpen, it will all be done with an eye toward Danks.

The 24-year-old still has two more years of arbitration-eligible status, but the desire is to lock him in at least through his first free-agent year in 2013. That would require a minimum three-year deal, but a four-year pact is more desirable, according to the source.

Padilla speculates that something in the $20 million range might be enough for a 4 year contract. Aaron Gleeman thinks a 4 year deal would require something around $30 million.

Padilla also  says the Sox are discussing to keep their young core of John Danks, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham together. Other young players who could join that core are Sergio Santos, Dayan Viciedo, and Chris Sale.

UPDATE: MLBTR agrees with Gleeman and explains why teams have interest in locking up young starters like Danks.


1 Comment »

  1. Sox’s Danks: I actually hate pitching against Twins
    August 11, 2010 11:05 PM
    By Mark Gonzales

    … “I actually hate pitching against the Twins,” Danks said after improving to 6-6 with a 5.01 ERA lifetime against Minnesota following a 6-1 win. “I’m not going to lie to you. Look at the numbers. They’re my team that I’ve struggled against …

    When Danks made these comments I thought he might be traded and replaced in 2011 with Sale or a pitcher acquired in the trade. Even with the great 1-0 playoff game Danks threw against Minnesota, it appears that the Twins are in Danks’ head. Not good if one of your best pitchers lacks confidence against your main rival to the extent he hates pitching against them. Having said this, I always liked Danks and I wouldn’t mind the extensio. But we have to improve our dismal record against the Twins and a Dank’s turnaround against them is the first step.

    The next step is Ozzie stopping his unabashed praise of the Twins as if they were the second coming of the 1927 Yankees. It just puts negative thoughts and reflections in the mind of Sox players before a Twins game even starts.

    Comment by Buford — November 4, 2010 @ November 4, 2010 8:27 pm | Reply

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