John Danks could be on the trading block if he can’t agree to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that negotiations are at a “stalemate.”
According to Padilla the White Sox made Danks several offers “not that long ago” and were rebuffed, so they haven’t even attempted to re-start the talks.
Danks is one season away from free agency and figures to earn around $8 million in 2012 via arbitration, so with general manager Ken Williams pondering a rebuilding effort he could be one of the White Sox’s most sought after pieces.
Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune writes that Gavin Floyd could also be on the trading block and, unlike Danks, he’s under team control for two more seasons. Over the past three years Danks has thrown 584 innings with a 3.92 ERA, while Floyd has logged 574 innings with a 4.17 ERA.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.