John Danks‘ tenure with the Chicago White Sox is officially over.
The much-maligned left-hander will be designated for assignment this week and granted his release after declining a minor-league assignment, the team announced Tuesday. In 22 innings across four starts thus far this season, Danks had a 7.25 ERA with 16 strikeouts against 11 walks.
Danks, acquired in 2006 along with Nick Masset in exchange for Brandon McCarthy, signed a five-year, $65 million extension in in 2011 that was generally regarded as a smart decision by the White Sox after a three-year run in which he posted an ERA+ of 115 or above. Just 26 at the time, the White Sox were locking up a pitcher through his prime years for below the going rate for a solid No. 2 starter. But in August 2012, Danks underwent left shoulder surgery that zapped most of his power, and the deal quickly lost its shine as he never again posted an ERA+ above 89.
As for the rotation spot once occupied by Danks:
Rick Hahn content to try out Erik Johnson, Miguel Gonzalez & Jacob Turner for now.
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) May 3, 2016
The White Sox will roll with the trio of depth options they have in place, with Johnson slotted for Thursday’s start against Boston.
As for Danks, he will become a free agent and it’s tough to envision him getting much of a shot given recent results.
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