It seems like just the other day Chicago White Sox's brass talked about rebuilding. We listened, politely nodded, and believed it to a certain degree. After all, the last thing you want to be is mediocre in any sport. Something about Kenny Williams rebuilding is just ... I don't know, not possible.
Then yesterday the Chicago White Sox pulled a fast one on us, by giving John Danks a five-year, $65 million contract. A contract that will avoid arbitration this offseason and buyout Danks' first four free-agent eligible seasons. The contract extension conceivably takes Danks off the trading block, and now even baseball's best minds are having a hard time figuring out what's going on in the South Side of Chicago. Let's take a look at reactions from around the league:
- Following the extension, I took a look at which starting pitchers are still available. One of the three names I discussed are no longer there, though.
- SB Nation's White Sox affiliate, South Side Sox, discussed the Danks extension (among other topics) in a round table discussion. Meanwhile, Jim Margalus of South Side Sox also took a look at the deal.
Those are their reactions, what are yours?