Midnight marks the deadline to tender contracts to arbitration eligible players, and it comes at the time when the White Sox are hard-up, hard-up, for cash...by their standards.
So the temptation has just gotta be there to hastily non-tender John Danks and Carlos Quentin. It'd be easy--Boom! Pow! Estimated $15 million saved! Trip to Mexico!
However, since Danks and Quentin are fairly talented players, they could easily be traded for talented youngsters who are way farther down on the salary scale and would cost NOTHING to the White Sox...by their standards. When you look at it that way, failing to tender contracts to Danks and Quentin, and willfully dismissing valuable assets, would be a massive and unconscionable error.
Lo and behold! The White Sox tendered contracts to both of them. You know, everyone gets on Kenny Williams about being incompetent and all that, but here he is taking an easy and obvious task, and knocking it out of the park. Wow-ee-wow-ee, baseball!
I thought for a second that this would also mark the day that Tony Pena was released, before remembering that the Sox cut him before the playoffs even ended. Getting rid of Tony Pena is not something you wait until the deadline to take care of.
At the end of the Gonzo piece linked above, he mentioned that the Sox also signed LHP Eric Stults to a minor-league deal. Gonzalez mentions that Stults has a career 8-10 record, while quoting no other stat.
I value Gonzo's opinionless reporting, but if career W-L records for starters can be misleading, what are they for journeymen lefties with 157 innings of work for their entire career? John Danks went 8-12 in 2011, is Stults better than him?
Career: 6.02 K/9, 3.84 BB/9, 1.26 HR/9, 4.96 ERA
Hoo boy, he is not. But he is left-handed, so...
Lefties vs. Stults: .303/.377/.517
Oh God! Why is he so bad!!??!
I can't imagine mentioning his name again for a while, or ever. In fact, this isn't even a real post. I'm going to write another one tonight. One with a point.