John Danks’ situation with the Chicago White Sox seemed certain after he signed an extension in December. However, he’s still on the trading block, according to the Boston Globe. As the White Sox go through rebuilding, Kenny Williams is still willing to trade Danks, the projected ace.
As the Boston Globe mentions in the article, Williams is open to dealing anyone on the White Sox roster. That even includes an ace in Danks, who signed a five-year, $65 million extension in December. The catch is that any club interested in dealing for Danks would have to give up high prospects.
After all, Danks isn’t just any ordinary pitcher who had an 8-12 record and a 4.3 ERA in 2011.
He had sub-4.00 ERAs the previous three years, something no other White Sox pitcher did during the Mark Buehrle era.
Also, Danks pitched 195 innings or more in the three years prior to 2011.
As Williams would surely tell any interested team, 2011 was a down year for Danks. His core numbers were off, and he didn’t receive much run support. Eight of Danks’ losses came with the White Sox scoring two or fewer runs.
Williams would be reasonable to ask for solid prospects in return for Danks. Danks would fit in as a No. 2 or No. 3 starter on a good team and would be a solid contributor. Teams can safely bet on him pitching 200 innings and posting an ERA below 4.00.
Danks Not Likely to be Traded
The likelihood of Danks being traded isn’t great. His extension would likely scare teams away. Few teams look to trade for a mid-rotation starter with whom they’d be locked in for five-plus years, especially one who would make $13 million per year from 2013 to 2017.
Williams would be more likely to trade Gavin Floyd, who was also mentioned in the article. Floyd has been mentioned in trade rumors throughout the offseason. Desperate to fix up their staff before the season starts, the Toronto Blue Jays have been discussing trade possibilities involving Floyd with Williams.
No tangible trade talks are in the works with Danks, as it appears right now. Danks seems to be on the trading block with Floyd just in case Williams can’t get teams to go for Floyd. Still, since Floyd has less time and less money on his deal, teams would sooner trade for him than trade for Danks as a fallback option.