It was Williams who acquired Danks from the Rangers as part of a five-player trade just before Christmas of 2006 and gave him a chance to thrive in the White Sox rotation. Danks also understands how Williams could be just as aggressive with potential moves involving this current White Sox roster if fortunes don't improve in the next month to six weeks.
And with Danks holding just one more year of arbitration before he becomes a free agent after the 2012 season, while also figuring to bring back a good talent haul, he could be one of those players on the unwanted trade block, even as a 26-year-old approaching elite pitching status. It's a scenario Danks realizes could exist but doesn't spend much time considering.
"You know, I haven't. I'm more concerned about trying to get that first win more than anything right now," Danks said. "Like I said, it's a part of the game. I've been traded before.
"Obviously I love it here and don't want to be traded. It's something that, you know, if it did happen, I would deal with. But I want to be here, and hopefully we can turn it around so I don't have to worry about it."
Danks holds an 0-5 record entering Tuesday's start in Anaheim, but he has a 3.83 ERA and has deserved a better fate. The White Sox have the worst record in Major League Baseball through 34 games, and while they don't think about Williams breaking up this team, they know the reality exists.
"We all know that's a possibility," Danks said. "That's just the truth. That's just the way it works. That hasn't come up much around here -- as of yet, at least. But you know, we have another month like we did last month and something is going to happen. That's the nature of the beast.
"I'm not a GM by any means, but my opinion, I don't think there's a whole lot of need or want just yet. The season is still early enough that even if Kenny decided to trade some guys away, I don't know there would be many suitors. You have to get a little closer to the [Trade] Deadline.
"I don't think that's a concern around here yet," Danks said. "But like I said, we have to turn it around or else it will be a harsh reality, no doubt."