Mark Polishuk of MLB Trade Rumors on John Danks:
Danks has one more year of arbitration eligibility and can become a free agent after the 2012 season. The left-hander is earning $6MM this year and, despite a rough 0-8 start and a stint on the DL with an oblique injury, Danks’ numbers (3.90 ERA, 2.61 K/BB rate, 6.8 K/9 rate) are about on par with his career norms. He looks to be on pace for the $10-11MM salary that MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes suggested Danks could receive in 2012 if he had “a normal platform season.”
Danks has looked pretty good his last few starts, but it’s going to be very interesting to see what the White Sox do with him this winter. Gavin Floyd and Jake Peavy are under contract and Philip Humber is under team control, and all signs point to the White Sox moving Chris Sale into the rotation next year. If the White Sox did end up re-signing Mark Buerhle, it would almost certainly mean Danks would be the odd man out1.
More likely though, I suspect they will let Buerhle walk and keep Danks.
- They wouldn’t keep three lefties in the rotation [↩]