White Sox, Danks agree to extension

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White Sox, Danks agree to extension

CSNChicago.com's Chuck Garfien has confirmed a report that the White Sox have agreed to a multi-year extension with starter John Danks. Danks' contract extension is believed to be for five years and 65 million, according to Doug Sellyer.

The five-year deal stands as the longest contract the White Sox have given a starting pitcher, and the total value of the contract is also the largest in team history. Previously, Mark Buehrle's four-year, 56 million deal was the biggest with the Sox, although Buehrle's 14 million per year average is higher than Danks' 13 million average.

The White Sox were rumored to be listening to offers on Danks this offseason, although the team was asking for an incredibly high return for the 26-year-old lefty.

Danks had a 4.33 ERA with 135 strikeouts and 46 walks in 2011. In his five-year career with the Sox, Danks owns a 4.03 ERA -- although that doesn't do justice to how well he's pitched in a few years.

Stay with CSNChicago.com throughout the evening for analysis of the extension.

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Carlos Rodon slated for MRI, could start season on disabled list with bicep tightness

Carlos Rodon slated for MRI, could start season on disabled list with bicep tightness

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Carlos Rodon was scratched from a Friday start with tightness in his upper left bicep, and it could land him on the disabled list to start the 2017 season.

General manager Rick Hahn said on Friday that the team's initial exam of their third-year starter was "positive." But the White Sox intend to be extremely cautious with Rodon, who is headed to have an MRI instead of starting against the Oakland A's in Mesa. Hahn said Rodon also is likely to have a second opinion early next week.

"We're going to err on the side of caution here, even if it winds up costing him his first couple starts because we're slowing down the schedule now by scratching him," Hahn said. "It's too early to speculate how long we're going to be without Carlos. I hate to speculate, but since we are slowing down his schedule by having him miss the start today, the odds are probably that he starts the season on the DL. But again we'll know more after he takes his further exams."

Rodon informed the White Sox he felt some tightness in his bicep on Thursday, at which point they examined him. The team's exam suggested Rodon has no structural damage, Hahn said.

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Free of worry, Rodon requested to make his start against Oakland, but the team declined and opted for a second opinion. Zach Putnam will start and pitch one inning instead.

With the intent of helping him reach the 200-inning mark this season, the White Sox took a slower route with Rodon this spring, similar to the way they handled Chris Sale last year.

Rodon went 9-10 with a 4.04 ERA in 28 starts last season, striking out 168 batters in 165 innings.

Rodon has done most of his work this February and March on back fields and in simulated games. He made his first Cactus League appearance against the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday and struck out five in four scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and walked one.

Hahn said the injury could land Rodon on the DL to start the season as the White Sox intend to make sure the left-hander is healthy and prepared to return.

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

Today on CSN: White Sox face Athletics in spring training game

The White Sox will battle the Oakland Athletics today, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:05 p.m.

Today's starting pitching matchup: Carlos Rodon vs. Kendall Graveman

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