Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) is greeted in the dugout after leaving the game in the eighth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. White Sox won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
The closer the MLB trade deadline nears, the more likely it seems that the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees will work out some type of deal for left-handed pitcher John Danks.
The White Sox are looking to shop Danks and his $14 million-a-year contract out of Chicago, and the Yankees are looking for a left-handed starting pitcher, and money usually isn’t an object for the Bronx Bombers.
John Heyman of CBS Sports wrote on Sunday about a potential Danks trade:
"“Danks may be among the most likely rotation candidates for the Yankees, if not the most likely, as there’s no evidence they’re even talking to the Padres about Ian Kennedy. And several other available pitchers aren’t possibilities for them.”"
I think it is in the best interest of the White Sox’s long-term future to trade Danks and use the money from his contract and build a bullpen, because some of the pieces in the current pen won’t be back next year. Hopefully that is the case.
Danks this season has started 21 games with a 4.40 ERA. He has a 9-6 record and has pitched 131 innings. The left-hander has allowed 64 earned runs and 17 home runs.
Not only does Danks have nine wins in ’14, he has also allowed 17 home runs, walked 46 batters and currently has tallied 92 strikeouts.
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I think with the pitching bind the Yankees are in, they could really use Danks, and hopefully the White Sox can get a couple prospects. There were multiple reports on Twitter about White Sox scouts looking at MiLB catchers of the Yankees.
Here is one of those tweets:
What do you think about the possibly of Danks being traded to the Yankees? Will it help the long term future of the White Sox? I believe so.
Let us know what you are thinking.