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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox announced Monday they tendered contracts to both John Danks and Carlos Quentin, in a move that isn't expected to affect the trade status of either player.
Danks and Quentin are both arbitration-eligible for the last time before becoming free agents after the 2012 season. They have also both been the subject of trade rumors.
If the White Sox did not tender a contract to one or both of the pair, they would have become free agents. The White Sox non-tendered Bobby Jenks last offseason and he signed with the Red Sox.
General manager Kenny Williams said last week that he is prepared to go into the season with his current stable of pitchers. He had been willing to move Danks but wasn't thrilled with the trade offers he had received for the left-hander.
The White Sox were rumored to have been in discussions for Danks with both the Yankees and Red Sox. Indications are that Williams will still be open to trading Danks if offers from interested teams improve.
Quentin is expected to be traded since the White Sox have Dayan Viciedo set to take over in right field. One rumor over the weekend had the White Sox discussing a Quentin trade with the Blue Jays.
Danks is expected to make between $7 million and $8 million for the upcoming season. Quentin is expected to make a little bit less, relatively speaking, at between $6 million and $7 million. The date for exchanging salary arbitration figures is Jan. 18 and arbitration hearings begin Feb. 1 in Florida.Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.