Wed, 12 Mar 2014 07:14:56 -0700
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks has looked effective so far in spring training and has shown promise with his cut fastball. "He's strong. I think he throws a little harder," said manager Robin Ventura. Pitching coach Don Cooper pointed out during Chicago's game on Tuesday, March 11, that Danks was showing the ball early on a few pitches.
Fantasy Tip: Danks has thrown eight scoreless frames in two starts so far this spring. He's allowed five hits and five walks while fanning three, though, so that takes some shine off his numbers. Still, in AL-only setups, Danks could be a decent middle-tier option among SP. In mixers, he's an effective watch-list candidate after your draft.
Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:52:38 -0800
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks felt free and easy during his outing Thursday, March 6, in which he allowed one hit while striking out two and walking two in three scoreless innings. He used all four of his pitches and touched 90-91 mph on the radar gun "without humping it up there." Danks is feeling much like his old self this spring after having shoulder surgery in 2012.
He said the biggest difference in camp this year is that he has command of his cut fastball. "It's just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind (the cutter) to spin it right and make it move," Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I'm able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it."
Fantasy Tip: Poor velocity after returning from shoulder surgery last year likely was the main culprit for his weak numbers. If the increased velocity is here to stay, Danks could easily return to form. Nobody is really clamoring to draft him as an end-gamer, though, but he might be a nice steal off the waiver wire early in the season.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 10:09:11 -0800
The Chicago White Sox would like to trade SP John Danks this offseason but likely will not be able to find a team willing to take on his contract.
Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:17:05 -0700
The Toronto Blue Jays are interested in trading for Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham. Left field and starting pitching are other areas of need heading into the offseason. Beckham is eligible for arbitration this winter and is under club control through the 2015 season. The Blue Jays also may try to pry SPs Hector Santiago or John Danks away from the White Sox in addition to Beckham. Toronto could have more than $20 million to spend this offseason. The White Sox are believed to be interested in Ps Aaron Sanchez or Marcus Stroman.
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:59:54 -0700
The Chicago White Sox are willing to trade any play except for 1B Paul Konerko and SP Chris Sale this summer, according to rival executives. The White Sox could part with OF Alex Rios, SS Alexei Ramirez and SP John Danks, and they are currently involved in some discussions with other clubs. The Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Kansas City Royals could all be fits for Rios, and the Los Angeles Dodgers make sense for Ramirez.
Chicago could get the idea to sell RP Jesse Crain as a ninth-inning man during a soft market for closers. He has roughly $2.25 million left on his salary this year. SP Jake Peavy (rib) could wind up being the best available pitcher on the market this summer, but he still has three weeks before he's back from the disabled list. The White Sox will want a lot in return for Peavy, and other teams won't be sure he's completely healthy. 3B Jeff Keppinger's name has also come up, and 1B Adam Dunn may be hard to move.
Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:29:25 -0700
Chicago White Sox SPs Chris Sale, John Danks, Hector Santiago and Jose Quintana are now scheduled to face the Houston Astros from Friday, June 14, through Monday, June 17. The club's game on Wednesday, June 12, against the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed, and the White Sox have off on Thursday, June 13, so they have elected to skip SP Dylan Axelrod.
Fantasy Tip: The ChiSox may just be taking advantage of the chance to give Axelrod some extra rest after he was thrashed in his start on Monday. Perhaps Santiago has a legit chance to move ahead of Axelrod in the pecking order now, although that's of little importance for the foreseeable future.
Sat, 25 May 2013 11:44:15 -0700
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings in a no-decision against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 24, with no walks and five strikeouts. It was his first start since being activated from the disabled list.
Thu, 23 May 2013 10:56:03 -0700
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) will come off the 15-day disabled list to make his first start in more than a year against the Miami Marlins Friday, May 24. Danks had surgery last August to fix his rotator cuff and biceps. He made four rehab starts in the minors, and manager Robin Ventura will let Danks go deep into the game if he can. The team will decide in the next few days whether to remove SPs Dylan Axelrod or Hector Santiago from the rotation to make room for Danks. RP Donnie Veal was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte to make room on the roster.
Fantasy Tip: His first start couldn't come against a better team for owners looking for at least a spot start. Relying on Danks full time, at least initially, might be a mistake, though, unless you're in an AL-only league. If he proves that his dive last season was purely injury-related, he might be worth stashing in deep mixed leagues.
Mon, 20 May 2013 06:02:12 -0700
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) made his fourth, and possibly final, rehab start Saturday, May 18. He threw 4 2/3 innings at Triple-A Charlotte.
Fri, 17 May 2013 06:31:52 -0700
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) and SP John Danks (shoulder) are about a week away from returning.