We spoke with Doug Seyller, better known as @k0na on twitter and the guy who first reported the John Danks extension, about who he is and what he does. "I take great pride posting before they do, I think it's fantastic that a "graphic designer" as I'm called who makes elbow macaroni art (that's a joke by the way) can beat them to the punch."
The White Sox would've been foolish to trade Danks, wrote Ryan McGuffey, who hoped the Sox could sign Danks to a four-year deal at the onset of the offseason.
Jim Duquette appeared on Chicago Tribune Live and was perplexed by the Danks extension, noting the trade of Sergio Santos made it hard to explain. But building around Santos wouldn't have been smart, while building around Danks is.
We also learned the Yankees -- long-rumored to be the top suitor for Danks -- were never close to a deal with the White Sox.
I didn't get a chance to comment on this, but CBS Sports' Danny Knobler reported Thursday that the White Sox could have serious interest in Cuban defector and star hitter Yoenis Cespedes. Tom Fornelli has a good take on the Sox interest at White Sox Asylum.
Around the division:
The Twins officially inked Jason Marquis to a one-year, 3 million deal. Parker Hageman has a nice look at what Marquis brings to Minnesota, noting only eight starters have induced a higher percentage of ground balls than Marquis since 2008. Nick Nelson also examined the move from the perspective of replacing Kevin Slowey with Marquis.
Jose Quintana has not started his 2017 campaign as many White Sox fans had hoped or expected.
Through nine games the 2016 All Star has posted just two wins and watched his ERA climb to 3.92 after Wednesday’s loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This past offseason, Quintana was frequently mentioned as a possible trade piece for the White Sox who if moved might have brought in other key pieces for the retooling South Siders, much like Chris Sale and Adam Eaton did.
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Have Quintana’s early season struggles impacted his trade value?
White Sox play-by-play announcer Jason Benetti weighed in while appearing on Wednesday’s edition of SportsTalk Live.
“Somebody's trade value isn’t contingent necessarily on what he’s doing right now,” Benetti said. “I mean general managers are smart enough to know Jose Quintana is worth X over the course of time and a lot of what trade value has to do with, is what other teams need. So as injuries continue to pile up to other pitchers, if we’re talking about the value of a starting pitcher, the market has as much to do with that as his performance in one specific game.”
Listen to what else Benetti had to say in the video above.
There's a lot of buzz around the future of the White Sox.
White Sox announcer Jason Benetti joined SportsTalk Live on Wednesday to discuss the team's exciting young prospects and how soon they'll be making their way to the South Side.
Also joining Pat Boyle on this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast are the Tribune's David Haugh, Pro Football Weekly's Hub Arkush and WGN Radio's Sam Panayotovich.
The guys also react to Mike Glennon's recent comments and Kevin White’s uncertain status at OTAs.
Plus, they wonder if Kyle Schwarber has finally found his spot in the Cubs' lineup.
Take a listen to the latest episode below: