The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with left-handed pitcher John Danks, outfielder Carlos Quentin and right-handed pitcher Tony Pena, avoiding arbitration with all three players.
Under terms of the agreements, Danks will receive $6 million in 2011, Quentin $5.05 million and Pena $1.6 million.
Danks, 25, went 15-11 with a 3.72 ERA (88 ER/213.0 IP) and 162 strikeouts in 32 starts with the White Sox in 2010, recording his second straight season with at least 10 wins, 30 starts and 200.0 IP. He established career highs in victories, strikeouts and IP and limited opponents to a career-low .237 (189-799) average. Since 2008, Danks ranks third among American League left-handers in IP (608.1) and strikeouts (470) and fifth in victories (40).
Quentin, 28, hit .243 (110-453) with 25 doubles, 26 home runs and 87 RBI in a career-high 131 games with the White Sox last season. He finished fifth in AL Most Valuable Player voting in 2008, batting .288 (138-480) with 36 home runs and 100 RBI in his first season with the Sox.
Pena, 29, was 5-3 with a 5.10 ERA (57 ER/100.2 IP) in 52 games (three starts) with the White Sox in 2010. He established a career high with 100.2 IP and led all AL relievers with 81.2 IP.
The White Sox have no remaining arbitration-eligible players.
January 18, 2011
White Sox sign John Danks, Tony Pena and Carlos Quentin to 1 year contracts
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