The Yankees and the White Sox have been talking about a deal for Danks this offseason, but Sox GM Kenny Williams’ asking price was Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos, plus other prospects. It was ultimately to steep for Brian Cashman.
This is a pretty smart move by the White Sox. They now have a young lefty to build a team around over the next five years. And his contract isn’t bad either.
Like I said above, this likely eliminates any chance that the White Sox would trade him, but this move actually makes Danks more attractive to the Yankees. Now they wouldn’t have to worry about him leaving after one season and his contract is quite reasonable at an average annual value of $13 million per season.