Number five: John Danks
The only reason Danks makes the rotation over Johnson is because of his salary commitment. The longest-tenured White Sox player is set to make $14,250,000 in salary this year, tops on the team. At this point, the most redeeming
quality Danks has is his bulldog mentality, which we hope he can pass on to the next generation of pitchers in the organization. His numbers have steadily declined since his new contract was signed following the 2011 season, failing to post an ERA under 4.71 since inking that deal (although injuries have played a minor part in there). The former Texas Rangers farmhand has become one of the most frustrating players on this team and likely has Jerry Reinsdorf wishing he would have stuck to his guns when he did not want to give any pitcher a five-year deal, who
the deal would not backfire by then General Manager-Kenny Williams. There is no reason to believe Danks will suddenly be the pitcher he was back in 2010 but if he stays healthy, he will be an average fifth starter who can eat up innings. The 2016 season will likely be his last in a White Sox uniform, and the odds of a bounce back year are on par with him receiving the loudest applause from the crowd on Opening Day.
2016 predictions: 8-15, 4.82 ERA, 133Ks, Best player on the team who has played for a playoff White Sox club