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Braves sign John Danks to a minor league deal

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Braves have signed pitcher John Danks to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

Danks, 31, struggled in his first four starts with the White Sox this past season before being released in mid-May. Danks owns a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts since the start of the 2012 season. He’s been bothered by shoulder issues for years.

The Braves have quite a bit of competition at the back of their starting rotation. Danks more likely could pitch out of the bullpen or provide depth at Triple-A.

Report: Brewers have made formal contract offer to Yu Darvish

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Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.

Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.

The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.

Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.