John Danks loves his Longhorns!

MLB.Com

CHICAGO — Major League Baseball’s salary arbitration filing period begins on Tuesday, lasting through Jan. 15, with figures exchanged between the two sides on Jan. 19.

 John Danks stands as one of four White Sox players eligible for this process. But as of Monday, the left-handed hurler seems more concerned with Thursday’s BCS championship football game between Alabama and Texas than the upcoming arbitration period.

“To be honest with you, I really am,” the die-hard Longhorns’ fan said with a laugh, speaking Monday night from his home in Texas. “I’ve really put a lot more thought into that game and talked more about it at this point.”

Danks, 24, is arbitration eligible for the first time in his young career, along with White Sox right fielder Carlos Quentin, closer Bobby Jenks and reliever Tony Pena. Danks is coming off his second straight solid season on the South Side of Chicago, setting career highs with 13 victories and 200 1/3 innings.

During an interview with MLB.com in early November, Danks expressed a desire to revisit a multiyear deal with the White Sox. It’s a fixed-cost avenue the White Sox have traveled recently with fellow young talents such as starting pitcher Gavin Floyd (four years, $15.5 million, with a $9.5 million option for 2013) and third baseman Mark Teahen (three years, $14 million).

That same deal offered Floyd prior to last Spring Training was offered to Danks and Quentin, but both players turned it down. Danks talked to his representative, Jeff Berry, on Sunday “for the first time since a couple of weeks before Christmas,” and said no new negotiations had taken place to his knowledge on a longer-term extension or even on a one-year deal. But the easygoing hurler doesn’t seem worried about getting his contractual situation settled in the near future.

“Jeff said that hopefully he’ll have something to tell me at the end of the week, but I’m not worried too much about that,” Danks said. “The time will come, and I don’t think this week is overly important.

“It’s a new process for me, and I’m learning a lot about it. So, if it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, I’m not going to be the only person to take it to the hearing. We will get a better feel as we go further down the line.

“I actually told Jeff I’m more concerned about coming in and having a good year, and I’m just letting him do what he gets paid to do,” Danks said. “I’m very comfortable with the White Sox, from Ozzie [Guillen] and Coop [pitching coach Don Cooper] to Kenny [Williams] and Jerry [Reinsdorf]. From Day One, I felt great and they make you feel comfortable.

“There is no animosity toward anyone. It’s a great situation for me, and we will see how it plays out.”

As of now, this issue is not a big deal to either White Sox nation or John Danks.  However, this is major problem that can occur in the near future for Kenny Williams.  Williams has allegedly offered Danks numerous opportunities to sign a long term extension. Each time, Danks has decided to not sign the certain deal. Danks is the building block of the White Sox rotation.  He is vastly improving every year, and owes a bunch of his success to the guidance of Mark Buehrle.  Along with the importance of John Danks, his brother Jordan is a top prospect in the White Sox system.  In fact, there are many experts who rank him as the top offensive and defensive prospect in the system.  With the struggles for the White Sox to find talent in the outfield, it would be smart to keep Jordan content with the organization.

Kenny Williams has a history of signing his young pitchers to long term deals, but never more than 4 years.  Hopefully, Danks and the White Sox can come to a quick agreement.  These brothers were very kind to the White Sox when they changed from agent Scott Boras(who Kenny Williams almost never deals with) to Jeff Berry.  The last thing that the White Sox want is to deal with continuing questions regarding this issue during the season.

John Danks at the moment is more concerned with the fate of his Longhorns.  Like Danks, StateStSports fully endorses the Texas Longhorns tonight!!! Anything that is good for Johnny Danks, is also good for us.

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