Don’t expect the White Sox to sign left-hander John Danks to a contract extension anytime soon.
Danks, two years away from free agency, would hit the market at 27 and pitch the following season at 28.BIG EARNERS See which MLB stars earn the
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Considering that lefty Cliff Lee signed a five-year, $120 million free-agent deal at 32, Danks might be wise to wait.
Danks, like any player, would benefit from long-term security. But he already has banked more than $10 million, earning $3.45 million last season and signing a one-year, $6 million deal on Tuesday to avoid arbitration.
If he stays healthy and produces at his normal level in 2011, Danks should earn about $8 million in '12, his final year of arbitration.
After that, he would be free.
To this point, Danks is not nearly as accomplished as Lee or CC Sabathia, who commanded a seven-year, $161 free-agent deal at 28.
Still, he has averaged 203 innings over the past three seasons, and his 3.61 ERA in that period ranks eighth among left-handed starters.
Two years from now, he could hit the jackpot.
— Ken Rosenthal