Deal for Weaver could set bar for Danks' future

Deal for Weaver could set bar for Danks' future

Deal for Weaver could set bar for Danks' future
ANAHEIM -- John Danks was having lunch with Mark Buehrle on Tuesday afternoon, when Buehrle mentioned Jered Weaver's new five-year, $85-million deal announced later that day by the Angels.

And what was Danks' reaction to Weaver's new baseball treasure trove?

"To be honest, I didn't even know," Danks said with a laugh. "I don't know if that has any effect on me or not."

With Weaver playing out west, for a different team, his signing clearly doesn't have a direct effect on Danks. But every contract for a potential free-agent hurler in that elite category, which would include both Buehrle and Danks, has a direct effect on the market.

The Angels' ace, who entered Wednesday's contest with a remarkable 2.10 ERA, would have been a free agent after the 2012 season, as Danks will be.

Danks simply laughs and defers contract talk to his agent, Jeff Berry, who also represents Buehrle, when asked if Weaver's deal sets the bar for the future.

"I swear to you, I wouldn't even know where anything would start I'm so far out of the loop," Danks said. "I'm just trying to salvage the season."

Sitting at 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA, Danks has fought his way back from a dreadful 0-8 start and a strained right oblique to put at the top of the White Sox rotation. The 26-year-old might not quite yet be in Weaver's stratosphere, but when healthy, he's a consistent 30-start, 200-inning hurler who gives his team a chance to win.

Staying with the White Sox is a goal for Danks, just as it seemed to be when Buehrle agreed to his four-year, $56-million deal that ends after this season.

"It's a little easier than Mark's situation," Danks said. "He had a family at the time and didn't want to move them around. You want to be happy where you are at. I like it here. I like the people here, and in a perfect world, it would get worked out."