Few stones are being left unturned as the organization continues to look for starting pitching help, as the New York Yankees have discussed left-handed John Danks with the Chicago White Sox. No deal appears imminent, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, but the two sides have at least held preliminary conversations.
Chicago appears to be focused on acquiring young players as they continue to rebuild, Heyman notes. Danks is owed roughly $34 Million through the end of the 2016 season. The White Sox may need to be willing to eat a portion of that before a team is going to part with any prospects of high value.
The 29 year old does have a limited no-trade clause in his contract. It’s been reported that the A’s, Orioles, Blue Jays, and Nationals are four of the six teams. The others are yet unknown.
Danks has made 20 starts on the season, pitching to a 4.35 ERA and 1.419 WIHP in 124.0 innings.
The 29 year old is an eight year veteran and left-handed, however, which is something that the Yankees no longer have in their rotation after losing C.C. Sabathia to injury and shipping Vidal Nuno to the desert to bring in Brandon McCarthy. The team appears intent on finding a southpaw to work into the mix, but it remains to be seen just how serious they are about Danks.
From 2008 through 2010 Danks went on the best stretch of his career. He throw just over 600 innings across those three seasons, posting a 3.61 ERA, 1.241 WHIP, with 7.0 K/9. He’s undergone shoulder surgery since and hasn’t been able to produce at the same level again.
New York’s farm system is not flush with MLB-ready talent, either. If the White Sox are insistent on acquiring a piece that could help with their rebuild sooner than later, the Yankees may prove to not be their best potential trading partner.