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Report: White Sox drawing interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd

Nov 10, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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The lack of quality starting pitchers available in free agency is pretty well documented, so it comes as no surprise that Ken Rosenthal of is hearing the White Sox are drawing trade interest in John Danks and Gavin Floyd.

Danks, who turns 27 in April, went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA and 135/46 K/BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings this season. He is due between $7-8 million in his final season of arbitration.

Rosenthal writes that Danks could be a target for large-market teams while Jon Heyman of throws the Rangers out there as a possible fit. Of course, the southpaw was originally drafted by the Rangers back in 2003, but general manager Jon Daniels swapped him to the White Sox in December of 2006 for Brandon McCarthy.

Floyd, who turns 29 in January, went 12-13 with a 4.37 ERA and 151/45 K/BB ratio over 193 2/3 innings this season. He is under contract for $7 million next season while his contract includes a $9.5 million club option for 2013. The additional flexibility could make him an attractive trade option for a wide range of teams.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    All 29 teams should be interested. I’d love to see either or both on the Cubs.

  2. uyf1950 - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    For what it’s worth they’ve drawn my interest. Kidding aside, hopefully they have drawn Brian Cashman’s interest.

  3. Eternal Optimist - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    I just don’t understand baseball anymore. Why would the Sox want to get rid of pitching? I realize that they need some left-handed pop in the lineup, but teams win world championships with pitching! Don’t chase my guys away!

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Think of it like a movie reboot (Star Trek, Footloose, Batman); some of the characters stay, but the cast is re-done.

      When a team starts over entirely, they ditch anyone making any significant dollars so they can have all of that money to re-tool and build again.

    • George - Nov 10, 2011 at 6:53 PM

      I doubt that Kenny is actively shopping either of them. I’d like to think that he’d need an overwhelming offer to move one of them, especially with Buehrle reportedly not giving the Sox a hometown discount (or more accurately a Buddy of Reinsdorf discount) and thus quite possibly leaving.

  4. sirmateo - Nov 10, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Hard to say what the return would be, but given that the Sox are looking at a serious dark period post 2012 (and perhaps even 2012), cashing in what they can and waiting for young talent to emerge might be wise. Nobody is taking away those Dunn and Rios contracts so have to turn some money loose and maybe grab a prospect or two where they can.

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