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The John Danks Era Is Over

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:

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.


Also read

Mark Primiano on why the Danks decision was no longer difficult

Frank Firke on the precedence of a decision like this

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