White Sox

White Sox

From yesterday:

The White Sox and John Danks agreed to a reported five-year, 65 million contract extension. The first to report the deal was Doug Seyller on twitter, which was then confirmed by CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien.

For the record, Sellyer's been the first to report a bunch of White Sox news in the last few years, including last July's Edwin Jackson trade and the first Jake Peavy trade in 2009. Who's his source? Chuck says it's God.

The exact terms of the deal probably won't be known until Danks takes his physical after Christmas. For a few nuts and bolts of Danks' tenure with the White Sox, check out this post.

Robin Ventura -- in full costume for an on-stage appearance at The Goodman -- explained why Danks is so important to the White Sox.

Back in November, Kenny Williams wouldn't rule out not dealing Danks or Gavin Floyd, although he alluded to a high level of interest in both of the pitchers.

In non-Danks White Sox news, the team reportedly held a workout with Cuban defectorsensation Yoenis Cespedes. It's unlikely the Sox have any real interest in him, given the expected price tag. The money committed to Danks probably won't increase any chance the Sox land Cespedes, either.

Around the division:

Minnesota is reportedly close to signing starter Jason Marquis. The 33-year-old righty has dealt with some injury issues in the last two seasons, but as recently as 2009 he was a well above-average pitcher.

 

The Royals signed former Twins reliever Jose Mijares to a one-year deal. Mijares, 27, is coming off a career-worst season with Minnesota after putting together solid campaigns in 2009 and 2010.

Also concerning the Royals, the Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger tries to calm the outrage over the team's signing of Yuniesky Betancourt.