White Sox Surprise Deal with Danks

by Matthew on December 21, 2011

Some surprising news out of the Chicago White Sox camp, as the club agrees to a five-year, $65 million contract extension with left-handed starter John Danks.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports broke the news late Wednesday night.

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The 26-year old Danks was one of the hottest names at the winter meetings, but most anticipated that Chicago would likely be dealing him away in a kind of fire sale this offseason.

The White Sox, who have already parted ways with closer Sergio Santos, seemed motivated to trade him in his final year before free agency.

Though he struggled last year with an 8-12 record and a cool 4.33 ERA, his strikeout to walk ratio was as good as ever, suggesting he has better times ahead.

In five major league seasons he has struck out 135 batters while walking only 46 in 170 1/3 innings this past year for Chicago.

He’s been durable, and he’s been effective, with a career 111 ERA+, and a 112 ERA+ over the last three seasons.

A weird move to some maybe, but this deal certainly isn’t a bad one.

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