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MLB Trade Rumors: New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox in Early Talks Discussing John Danks Trade

July 22nd, 2014 at 11:56 AM
By Douglas Rush

While the New York Yankees were observing and scouting Cliff Lee's return to the Philadelphia Phillies from the disabled list on Monday night, the team is looking at all possible trade options available.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and WFAN has reported on Tuesday that the Yankees and Chicago White Sox have talked about a possible trade for left-handed starter John Danks.

"The Yankees, to no one's surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks. The Yankees, having lost four starting pitchers to injury, are seeking to upgrade their rotation even after the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy is paying off early. Danks, still only 29, is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA. There is no evidence the sides are close to a deal and may be in only the early stages of talks. The White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild."
The 29-year-old Danks is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 20 starts for the White Sox and is still owed about $34 million until the 2016 season, so this obviously wouldn't be a rental pitcher and would be a rotation option for at least two years.
Danks has been mentioned in the past before as a trade option the Yankees should look at, but then a torn capsule in his shoulder happened in 2012 that required surgery; an injury that has claimed the success and careers of many others in the past (Chien-Ming Wang, Johan Santana) although Danks has been serviceable since his injury.
If the Yankees are going to take on Danks' contract, he shouldn't require major prospects with Chicago simply looking to dump salary and looking to rebuild for the future with their young roster of talent under Robin Ventura. With no lefties currently on the team; CC Sabathia out for the season and Vidal Nuno traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Brandon McCarthy, the Yankees sure could use a lefty in the rotation, thus why they have talked about Danks and scouted Lee last night in Philadelphia.
Danks is a career 69-80 with a 4.22 ERA in 101 starts and his best season was back in 2010 when he went 15-11 with a 3.72 ERA and had 162 strikeouts in 213 innings pitched.


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