White Sox lock up Danks for his prime

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White Sox lock up Danks for his prime

It turns out that Derrick Rose isnt the only Chicago athlete to get a new extension on Wednesday.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed to Comcast SportsNet that John Danks has agreed on a multi-year deal with the White Sox, putting to rest the swarm of rumors that the White Sox were going to deal Danks before the start of the 2012 season.

A team source said Wednesday night, We have no announcements scheduled at this time. Expect it to become official soon after Christmas. Multiple reports have the deal at five years, 65 million.

Its a surprise move by the White Sox, not only because it conflicts with Kenny Williams assertion at the MLB Winter Meetings that the White Sox were in rebuilding mode, but at five years it would be the longest contract the White Sox have ever given to a pitcher. Since getting burned by the four-year, 20 million contract they gave Jaime Navarro in 1996, the team has been reluctant to sign pitchers to such long-term deals. Navarro proceeded to go 25-33 in three seasons with the White Sox before they traded him to Milwaukee in 2000 for Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin.

There had been one exception to this: Mark Buehrle, who signed a four-year extension in 2007. Now theres a second.

As the news spread of the Danks deal, manager Robin Ventura was preparing for his special appearance in A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre. When told of a possible contract extension, Ventura was certainly all for it.

It would be huge, Ventura said. Obviously I have a tremendous amount of respect for John and what he brings as a talent, but just his intangibles that he brings everyday, and the competitiveness. Hes an important part of what youd like to have as a person in a locker room. With Mark Buehrle going, theres room for that person, and I think he kind of fits that.

Despite starting last season with an 0-8 record, Danks was able to turn it all around, going 4-0 in June and July with a 0.98 ERA. He finished 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA.

Danks was set to be a free agent after this season. Now at the age of 26 (he turns 27 on April 15), hes locked up by the White Sox during what could be the prime of his career.

White Sox agree to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos

White Sox agree to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos

The White Sox have agreed to trade outfielder Peter Bourjos to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations late Monday, according to multiple major league sources.

Bourjos was signed to a minor league contract and invited to camp with the White Sox. He was expected to see a good amount of playing time in center field in the wake of Charlie Tilson’s injury.

Trading Bourjos improves rookie Jacob May’s chances of making the Opening Day roster.

Bourjos, 29, has played for the Philadelphia Phillies, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Angels over the span of his career. His best season came with the Angels in 2011, when he hit .271 with 12 homers and 43 RBIs. 

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

Derek Holland ends spring on strong note as White Sox down Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Derek Holland ended a productive spring with his best outing to date on Monday afternoon.

Healthy and excited to officially kick off his White Sox career, Holland delivered six strong innings in a 5-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The left-hander allowed two earned runs and five hits in six innings pitched, walking two and striking out one. Holland is expected to pitch once more in Milwaukee on Saturday before pitching in the third game of the regular season.

“Definitely feel good,” Holland said. “Feel very confident with everything, very happy with how the spring went. I worked on what we needed to work on to get myself ready for the season and stay healthy and I’m very happy with that. But most of all when you get out there and pitch, the defense, you have to keep them on their toes, and I thought the last out was the perfect example of that.”

Holland was referring to a nice diving catch by Jacob May that prevented at least one run from scoring. The longtime Texas Rangers pitcher was pleased to have established his fastball early and mixed in his offspeed pitches and changeup.

“I wanted to make sure we were going the distance,” Holland said. “I didn’t want to have a setback, and I thought we did a great job.”

The White Sox appear to have narrowly avoided one setback on Monday and are awaiting word on another. An X-ray on the left wrist of infielder Tyler Saladino was negative after he was hit by a pitch while getting in work in a pair of minor-league games. Saladino has been diagnosed with a bruised wrist.

The team is still awaiting word on pitcher Jake Petricka, who took a comebacker off his pitching hand in the seventh inning. Petricka exited the game, got his hand wrapped in ice and left to take an X-ray.

The White Sox are also waiting to learn the results of Carlos Rodon’s second opinion. Rodon was scratched from Friday’s start with a tight bicep tendon and had a physical exam and took an MRI, both of which showed he had no structural damage. Rodon traveled to Los Angeles early Monday for the second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Even if he receives the all clear, the White Sox will remain cautious, manager Rick Renteria said. “It’s almost like you have to re-start the process a little bit,” Renteria said. “It would be foolish to try to anticipate or push him into any direction without first of all ultimately having whatever the diagnosis is or the validation or whatever it might be of the second opinion. Once we get that, we’ll know hopefully tomorrow how we can ultimately proceed. I wouldn’t think we’d try to ramp him up quickly.”

The club also expects to have more clarity on the status of right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya on Tuesday. Minaya, who has been out since March 15 with an abdominal tear, was re-evaluated on Monday. Minaya had a 3.18 ERA and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings this spring.

Matt Davidson also had two hits in the White Sox victory and drove in a run. Melky Cabrera hit a solo homer, his first of the spring. Yolmer Sanchez blasted his third homer of the spring, a two-run shot.

Zach Putnam struck out two in a scoreless inning.