John Danks’ five-year, $65 million contract extension with the White Sox was reported last week and became official today.
Danks will get $8 million in 2012 and then $14.25 million per season from 2013-2016.
If not for the extension Danks would be heading into his final season of arbitration eligibility after earning $6 million in 2011, so the White Sox likely end up saving a little bit of money for 2012 and then essentially buy out his first four seasons of free agency for $57 million.
Danks certainly isn’t an elite pitcher, but the 26-year-old left-hander in the second tier of top-notch No. 2 starters and borderline No. 1 guys, posting ERAs of 3.32, 3.77, 3.72, and 4.33 during the past four seasons while calling a hitter-friendly ballpark home in the American League.
Among all the pitchers to start at least 100 games from 2008-2011 he ranks 23rd in ERA and 17th in adjusted ERA+.
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.