John Danks could be on the trading block if he can’t agree to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that negotiations are at a “stalemate.”
According to Padilla the White Sox made Danks several offers “not that long ago” and were rebuffed, so they haven’t even attempted to re-start the talks.
Danks is one season away from free agency and figures to earn around $8 million in 2012 via arbitration, so with general manager Ken Williams pondering a rebuilding effort he could be one of the White Sox’s most sought after pieces.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that Gavin Floyd could also be on the trading block and, unlike Danks, he’s under team control for two more seasons. Over the past three years Danks has thrown 584 innings with a 3.92 ERA, while Floyd has logged 574 innings with a 4.17 ERA.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.