"It would be nice to have the security," said Danks, who has that security, even if he doesn't officially possess it in writing. "I'm very excited to sign a multi-year deal."
That excitement level for Danks doesn't quite carry over to signing any deal put in front of him by the White Sox. After presenting these same basic long-term contract thoughts during the offseason leading into 2009, Danks and Gavin Floyd, a pair of young rotation cornerstones, were offered four-year, $15.5 million extensions last March, with a $9.5 million option for 2013.
Floyd accepted the deal, but despite Danks' high level of loyalty to the franchise, he turned it down, with advice from Jeff Berry, his representative. Some eight months later and with a second straight season of starting success behind him, Danks looks back at this decision without regret but also looks forward to another multi-year opportunity.
"We are not talking yet," said Danks, when asked about renewed contract discussions with the team. "But [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [assistant general manager] Rick [Hahn] are probably looking at the World Series to finish up and then go from there with this team.
So with that in mind, let's take a look at the goals each side should have moving forward:
1. Buyout arbitration years
2. If possible, buy out Danks first year of free agency and maybe even his second
The John Danks Camp
1. Guaranteed money
2. Try to keep the contract to 3 or 4 years so that Danks will hit free agency after 2012 or 2013
So how about this deal for Danks and the White Sox?
(4 years/$24 million) with a $12 million dollar option for 2014
Here is the contractual breakdown:
2010: $2 million
2011: $5 million
2012: $7 million
2013: $10 million
2014: $11 million (team option)
Why it works for the White Sox:
1. Buyout all of Danks's arbitration years
2. Buyout one (maybe 2) year of free agency
3. Very reasonable price
Why it works for Danks:
1. Long term security
2. Ability to become free agent after 2013 (age 28) or 2014 (age 29)
Danks can probably earn more through arbitration on a year to year basis, but this much guaranteed money would be very difficult to turn down.
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