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White Sox brass wishes top pick Carlos Rodon would sign soon

Umpire Mark Wegner signals Brian Dozier safe second base third inning Saturday. After review Dozier was called out credited with

Umpire Mark Wegner signals Brian Dozier safe at second base in the third inning Saturday. After a review, Dozier was called out and credited with a single. | AP

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Updated: July 23, 2014 6:52AM

MINNEAPOLIS — White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell said negotiations with left-hander Carlos Rodon “probably” will go down to the July 18 deadline but it would be best for the No. 3 overall pick’s career if he gets signed before too long.

“I hope not,’’ Bell said Saturday before the Sox played the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. “I’m sort of old-school on this. But you want to get started sooner than later — and I don’t know if I’m allowed to say this — but the sooner you sign, and with his ability and how I see him, this kid is going to be in the big leagues soon.’’

The slot value for the No. 3 pick is $5.7 million. An agreement that includes getting Rodon in a major-league uniform as soon as this season could accelerate the process.

The draft was 16 days ago.

“It seems to me like, if money is the issue, he’s going to make a hell of a lot more getting it started than not,’’ said Bell, who traveled with the Sox on the first leg of their 11-game road trip. “This kid is a tough, big, solid big-leaguer. I just hope he gets it going sooner than later.’’

Reinvented, rejuvenated

John Danks (6-5, 3.97 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA in his last three starts, will try to salvage a victory for the Sox in the fourth game of the series. The left-hander is getting it done with a fastball in the upper-80s, which is a few miles per hour less than what he worked with before his shoulder surgery in August 2012.

“In certain situations, before surgery, I would reach back for the heat, but now I can’t quite do that any more,’’ Danks said. “I’m not that far off from where I was, but I’ve certainly had to learn how to pitch with a little less stuff.’’

Danks is staying behind the ball better and isn’t falling off the mound as much since pitching coach Don Cooper moved him to the third-base side of the rubber and slightly altered his arm slot after an eight-run, 10-hit pounding May 18 in Houston.

“There were times when I had to fight doubt from creeping in,’’ Danks said. “To get on a nice little run and prove to myself and everyone else is certainly gratifying.’’


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