White Sox not shy with Danks trade talks

DALLAS -- You can’t blame Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams for aiming high. The least they can say is “no.”

Indeed, Williams is aiming for the moon when it comes to a report from the winter meetings as to what the White Sox would want in return for John Danks.

According to SI.com’s Jon Heyman, Williams acknowledged the New York Yankees’ interest in the White Sox lefty by asking for top prospects Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos. The chances of prying just one of them away from the Yankees wasn’t good.

It’s not hard to see that Williams has the General Manager 101 handbook out and is following it step by step. By going high early, Williams not only is trying to get the best possible return on Danks, he has sent a message around baseball that he means business.

There is still the thought, though, that the White Sox have to trade Danks because of their desire to trim payroll and the belief they will have trouble re-signing him when he becomes a free agent after the 2012 season.

Ultimately, it could end up that the White Sox aren’t in the driver’s seat when it comes to trade talks for Danks, but for now, Williams will see if he can take somebody for a ride.