The Yankees have been busy scouting pitchers for a possible trade. They sent scouts to watch Cliff Lee in Philadelphia last night and now they’re in early talks to discuss a possible trade with the Chicago White Sox for John Danks.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the following early Tuesday morning:
“The Yankees, to no one’s surprise, have checked in on White Sox lefty John Danks. The Yankees, having lost four starting pitchers to injury, are seeking to upgrade their rotation even after the acquisition of Brandon McCarthy is paying off early. Danks, still only 29, is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA. There is no evidence the sides are close to a deal and may be in only the early stages of talks. The White Sox are looking for young players and prospects as they continue their rebuild.”
Danks is 8-6 with a 4.35 ERA in 20 starts for the White Sox this season, and is still under contract until 2016. That means Danks wouldn’t be a rental for the Yankees and would actually be a rotation fixture for the next two years, should the Yankees choose to trade for him. The good news would be the Yankees wouldn’t have to give up big name prospects since the White Sox could be looking for a straight salary dump.
It’s possible the trade talks could intensify but it’s also possible the trade talks won’t get anywhere. Regardless, the Yankees do need pitching help, especially with three No. 5 starters in the rotation (Shane Greene, Chase Whitley and David Phelps).