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The White Sox want a king’s ransom for John Danks

Dec 12, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

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The White Sox and Red Sox met last week to discuss John Danks. Nothing came of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees talked with the White Sox too and, get this, the White Sox demanded for and two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero.

Not bloody likely. That’s similar to what the A’s were asking for Gio Gonzalez — and which seemed too rich for the Yankees too — and Gonzalez is under team control for a lot longer than Danks is.

Still, can’t fault the Sox for trying to shoot the moon. As the season approaches, teams will get way more nervous about their rotations. While, yes, the White Sox need to come down from such demands for Danks, the buyers may come up themselves.

  1. Ari Collins - Dec 12, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    I’d rather have Floyd.

    • uyf1950 - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:11 AM

      If I’m the Yankees there are only about a handful starters in the Major Leagues that I include 2 of the 3 players for and none of them are on the White Sox. Danks while a nice piece and really probably only a #3 on most teams he isn’t a game changer.

      • Ari Collins - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:27 AM

        Yeah, that asking price is just silly. It’s possible someone will give up one prospect of the Banuelos level, but no one will give up a Montero-level prospect, let alone both.

      • samuellsamson - Dec 14, 2011 at 8:39 AM

        This reply is really to Ari Collins, because for some reason his comment alone had no direct reply link.

        I’d say that Manny Banuelos is arguably a better prospect than Jesus Montero, and certainly is in line to play a more crucial role than him – a borderline catcher/probable DH in an organisation with significant depth in both (Gary Sanchez, for example.) I think this would make Manny less tradeable than Jesus. Betances is probably the 4th best Yankee prospect behind Sanchez, so whether you rank Banuelos top or 2nd, giving up 1, 2 and 4 would be a considerable overpay.

  2. bigharold - Dec 12, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    “…two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero.”

    There will be a lot of that going around. Simce the conventional wisdom is that these are the Yankees best prospects and closet to MLB ready any time the Yankees are linked to any team about any significant player, .. especially a starter, .. the starting point is going to be two of the three. It’s not like the yankees are like to bite but there is no harm in asking.

    And, who knows, a team might get lucky. Cashman might show up to work one Monday still completely hungover from a three day bemder in Vegas and go for it.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Slow news day huh? Writing about stuff that’s already been posted:

  4. Kyle - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Both the A’s and Sox are having a laugh with those asking prices.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Dec 12, 2011 at 11:31 AM

    It’s a universally known principle that the danks are expensive. That’s because they’re so much better than mersh or schwag buds. The Yankees are snobs, they only ever go for the danks, so they will probably end up peeling off Montero and 2-3 mersh prospects for Danks; then Betances plus 3-4 schwag prospects for Gio. They keep Banuelos, the dankest of the dank, and since catcher is a position of great dankness in the Yankees’ farm system they still keep most of the best buds for themselves.

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