The lack of quality starting pitchers available in free agency is pretty well documented, so it comes as no surprise that Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com 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 SI.com 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.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.