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Reactions To John Danks' Extension

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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:

  • A market has been set. And no one is happier than Matt Cain's agent, David Cameron of FanGraphs says.
  • ESPN's Keith Law offered his harsh critique of this move and the state of the White Sox.
  • Chris Cwik of FanGraphs looks at comparable extensions and wonders if White Sox GM Kenny Williams overpaid for Danks.
  • Those are their reactions, what are yours?