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Floyd buys in, but Danks, Quentin in no hurry
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff

White Sox starter Gavin Floyd opted for security Sunday when he signed a four-year contract.

 

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Published: 3/22/2009 5:23 PM | Updated: 3/22/2009 11:17 PM

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PHOENIX - Ideally, the White Sox wanted to announce three of their top young players agreed to multiyear contracts Sunday.

They'll settle for one: starting pitcher Gavin Floyd.

Following his breakout 2008 season (17-8, 3.84 ERA) the 26-year-old Floyd signed a four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Sox.

Floyd would have been eligible for salary arbitration following the upcoming season and free agency after 2012, but he opted for a more secure deal.

Fellow starter John Danks, who was offered an identical contract, and left fielder Carlos Quentin did not.

"We wanted to make overtures to a number of people we felt were going to be a part of our next core, which we have done in years past with the (Jon) Garlands, the (Mark) Buehrles," said White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.

"We're starting the process once again. First and foremost, you have to believe in the player to make such overtures, and again, we've done so on a number of cases.

"Gavin was one who was of the same mind-set and thought it was fair. We weren't so fortunate with a couple of others."

If Danks and Quentin change their minds down the road and lock themselves up with the Sox, that would be fine with Williams. If they'd rather shoot for the bigger money that could be available through salary arbitration and then free agency, that's OK with Williams, too.

"As I explained to (Danks and Quentin), no harm, no foul," Williams said. "I explained to the players that we wanted to do something in the spirit of building that next core.

"And also, as I explained to each individual player, once you have as many players under contract I believe as possible, you can begin the process of trying to win baseball games, vs. having guys that are worried so much about their statistics, individual statistics. You get to a level of play that I believe is more unselfish."

Floyd was thrilled to sign the contract, which includes a $9.5 million club option for 2013.

"I'm about to get married, and I have a family to look forward to," Floyd said. "I feel like I made the right decision with my family and my fiancé and my agent.

"We were just trying to figure out what we wanted to do. To be with the White Sox for four more years and hopefully longer than that, to have financial security with my family, it means a lot."

Williams said he also has spoken to closer Bobby Jenks about a long-term deal, but it's a little trickier. Eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this past off-season, Jenks and the Sox wound up agreeing to a one-year, $5.6 million contract.

"Bobby Jenks is in a different situation, in a different service class and a different role, so it will be much more difficult to gauge what the value is," Williams said. "But I've had some personal discussions with Bobby with regards to how we feel as an organization about his value here and his contributions.

"We'll continue to talk about those things before we get to the next step. That market is a very fluid market, as you know."