Game 60, Mariners At White Sox
Pineda vs Danks, 5:10 pm.
For the last year or so, whenever I’ve written anything anywhere about John Danks, some White Sox fan always finds it and decides it will be funny to make some kind of joke about how Chicago should trade him for Jose Lopez, since part of my 2010 off-season plan involved the Mariners trading Lopez (along with Jason Vargas and Mark Lowe) to get Danks in an effort to re-build the rotation. That suggestion got passed around the internet in a game of telephone and has eventually just become “Lopez for Danks”, with everyone ignoring the other parts in the deal. And, obviously, Lopez has been pretty terrible since then, and is (for now) out of baseball.
But, interestingly, here’s Danks and Vargas since the post was written.
Vargas: 2.59 BB/9, 5.51 K/9, 37% GB%, 3.83 ERA, 3.91 FIP, 4.50 xFIP, +3.6 WAR
Danks: 3.02 BB/9, 6.61 K/9, 44% GB%, 4.10 ERA, 3.99 FIP, 4.04 xFIP, +4.7 WAR
During that time frame, the White Sox have paid Danks $5.45 million (and are on the hook for another $4 million this year), while the Mariners have paid Vargas $1.1 million (and owe him another $1.3 million this year). Danks has been marginally better, but the salary wipes out any real difference. Despite the mocking, a Vargas/Danks trade made in the winter of 2009 would have turned out to be almost exactly fair 18 months later. Funny how life works out.
M. Wilson, RF
J. WIlson, 2B