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Some people may be under the notion the Sox are still rebuilding and the John Danks extension just makes him easier to trade since a guy with five years on a reasonable contract is more attractive than a guy who will become a free agent at season's end.

That's not the case.

MLB.com's White Sox beat writer Scott Merkin sheds more light on the deal:

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Scott MerkinMLB.com has learned Danks has full no-trade in first year of deal, limited no-trade over next four years. More to come.
Dec 29 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

 

So if the Sox wanted to deal the 26-year-old starter, they would need him to waive this no-trade clause.

Or they just don't deal him and use him as a cornerstone in the rotation to build around. Either way, that still fits with trying to make the team better for the future.