May 24, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks (50) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Yankees at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks is scheduled to make a start for the team on Thursday afternoon, but it has been reported that besides the New York Yankees, the Miami Marlins are now interested in Danks.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports tweeted the following on Danks, the White Sox and the Marlins:
At least this is something new to speculate on, and who knows … maybe a deal will be worked out.
I honestly don’t have a problem with the White Sox trading Danks, just because the simple reason of the price of his contract for the rest of this season and next season.
I just believe the White Sox would be better served using the $20-plus million Danks is owed toward building a bullpen that they can rely on.
Plus, lets be honest … Danks hasn’t set MLB on fire this season. For the year Danks has a solid 9-6 record with a 4.40 ERA and 92 strikeouts. He’s pitching above his career ERA of 4.22 and he does have a losing career record of 70-80.
Danks’ WHIP this season is 1.39.
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I like Danks, and I don’t have a problem with him being on the ball club of the White Sox, it is just they gave him too large of a contract and he’s not pitching to the level he is being paid.
That is just my opinion, and plus what is the use of having a $20-million-plus pitcher if the bullpen is just going to be inconsistent and not finish what he begins? That has happened this season.
It is a tough situation, but I just feel the White Sox would be best served if they would trade Danks for prospects, save some payroll and see what happens.
What are your thoughts?