The New York Yankees are looking to make another upgrade to their depleted pitching rotation. According to Jon Heyman, the Yankees have begun trade talks with the Chicago White Sox about left-hander John Danks. Yanks Go Yard co-editor Jason Evans, addressed this issue not too long ago, and believes the Yankees should steer clear on the inconsistent left-hander.
The Yankees have lost eighty percent of their starting rotation from opening day. Ivan Nova and C.C. Sabathia are done for the season, and Masahiro Tanaka and Michael Pineda will be back late August at the earliest – if at all. The Yankees acquired Brandon McCarthy from the Diamondbacks earlier this month, and it has paid off thus far, so Cashman and company might be feeling encouraged by that move.
Danks who is 29, is 8-6 this season with a 4.35 ERA. He is signed through 2016 and is owed about $34 million. He would join a rotation that does not have a single left-handed starter. He does have a six-team no-trade clause. Whether or not the Yankees are on it, is unknown.
It is unclear how far along talks, are, but it seems Chicago will be looking for young players or prospects to help the team rebuild for the future. Two players in the Yankees system that may be a fit, are second basemen Jose Pirela and Rob Refsnyder, as the White Sox are surely tired of waiting for Gordon Beckham to come around.