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White Sox, Danks agree to extension


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.

Do you like the deal? Will the Sox still look to trade Gavin Floyd or Carlos Quentin? Are they even rebuilding anymore?

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball


White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system


After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.

In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.

Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.

Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.

But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.

While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:

4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen