Nothing like dangling a guy for weeks in trade talks only to then decide you want to keep him around for years and years. That’s basically the off-season roller coaster ride of the Chicago White Sox’s John Danks, who failed to net the prospect-laden bounty the ChiSox were hoping for, so they signed their starting pitcher to a four year extension, according to Jon Heyman.
As Ben Nicholson Smith reports, “Danks would have been eligible for free agency following the 2012 season, his final year as an arbitration eligible player. Matt Swartz projected a 2012 salary of $7.6MM for the 26-year-old CAA client, who earned $6MM in 2011. That means the White Sox are paying $14-15MM for each of the four free agent seasons the deal buys out (Danks’ age 28-31 seasons).”
Danks is only 26 years old and already has 150 career starts to his credit. Last season he went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA.