As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox have had discussions regarding left handed starting pitcher, John Danks. The Yankees General Manager, Brian Cashman has made it known that the team is looking anywhere and everywhere for upgrades to the starting rotation. That mission has led them to the longtime White Sox lefty. The Yankees struck a deal earlier this afternoon when they acquired third baseman, Chase Headley. Now, a trade to improve the much more needy starting rotation could be on the horizon.
Danks was at one point one of the better left handed starting pitchers around. From 2008-2011, Danks pitched to a very serviceable 3.77 ERA and was averaging 194.2 innings pitched as well. Danks won 48 games for the Sox in that 4 year span. Unfortunately, 2012 was the beginning of his downfall as a torn shoulder capsule sidelined him after just 9 starts that season. Ever since that injury, Dank has been nowhere near the same pitcher. That same torn shoulder capsule injury has either ruined, diminished or virtually ended the careers of many once elite starters. Names such as Johan Santana, Chien-Ming Wang, Rich Harden and most notably, Mark Prior. None of those pitchers regained their previous All-Star form and Danks could be another casualty.
Since the injury, Danks has pitched to an unsightly 4.56 ERA since the injury and subsequent surgery and recovery. In 2014, Danks has pitched to a 4.35 ERA in 124 innings. Not the above league average numbers he was once known for, but quite frankly, it is still an upgrade over about 3/5 of the New York Yankees rotation. Danks figures to come pretty cheap due to the health concerns and his eroding skills. Talks are only in the preliminary stage according to Heyman, but a package of a few decent minor leaguers or the Yankees eating a healthy portion of his remaining $36 million dollar salary should be enough to facilitate a trade