John Danks‘ name had been thrown around in trade rumors back during the Winter Meetings but Kenny Williams’ asking price was a bit too high for the entire league. Apparently half of a roster is “asking too much” now? Who would’ve guessed. In any case, the Sox and Danks are close to an extension which would keep the 26-year-old left-hander around for another five years.
Danks’ five-year contract would bring him $65 million, $12.5 million less than C.J. Wilson got. Not something to cry over. I mean unless Danks wants to, it’s up to him. That number is interesting though because at this point Wilson is a considerably better pitcher than Danks – does Kenny see a huge improvement down the line? Danks went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA in 2011. He struck out 135 batters and walked just 46 (for a 7.1 K/9) in 170.1 innings. I guess the only ugly stat in there is the ERA. He can’t really control wins and losses because a lot of that is up to the offense, but the ERA shows his ability along with the ability of the defense.
Nothing is official yet but it may be finalized later tonight or tomorrow. I’ll bring you more details once everything is set in stone. Steve Stone.