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Breaking down the Danks deal

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Breaking down the Danks deal

The White Sox announced the terms of John Danks' five-year, 65 million contract extension on Thursday. Here's how it breaks down:

2012: 8 million
2013-2016: 14.25 million

That 8 million salary next season will be a nice bargain. Danks was worth 14.2 million (per FanGraphs) in value last season as a three-win pitcher, and with inflation another three-WAR (Wins Above Replacement) season will provide another nice cushion of surplus value.

Paying Danks 57 million over the following four years should, at the worst, be market value if he averages around three wins a season. With inflation, it'll be somewhat of a favorable deal for the White Sox, probably around the same level that Mark Buehrle's four-year, 56 million deal provided about 10 million in surplus value.

Three WAR per season may be conservative, too. Danks has already had four and five-WAR seasons, and he'll be entering his prime, so there's a good chance he'll have a year or two during the length of the deal in which he's a 4-5 WAR player.

One season at that level would be enough to make the deal quite favorable to the Sox, or at the least potentially offset a down year (either performance-wise or injury-related).

To sum it up, it's a good deal for the White Sox. It's also a good deal for Danks -- I mean, he's getting 65 million guaranteed. There isn't an option year involved. And he'll hit free agency before his age 32 season, which still could yield a nice three or four-year deal on the market.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 2

In Part 2 of "Ask Us Anything" we answer the following questions: Who will be the biggest free agent the White Sox sign this off-season? What are the chances they trade Avi Garcia before the deadline? What's your assessment so far of Luis Robert?  Who's on your all-time busted prospect list? Is Omar Vizquel the next White Sox manager? Would the 1994 White Sox have won the World Series if there wasn't a strike?  What's the long term plan at third base? These questions and many more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

If you missed Part 1 of 'Ask Us Anything', you can listen to the full episode here 

Listen to the full Part 2 of 'Ask Us Anything' at this link or in the embedded player below: 

 

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect mentioned in some elite company

White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.

Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.

Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.

It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.

Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.

Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.

Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.