The New York Yankees are mulling a possible trade for Chicago White Sox left-hander John Danks to boost their starting rotation before the trade deadline.
The Yankees are looking for reinforcements down the stretch after losing four of their five Opening Day starting pitchers to injuries. Most notably, CC Sabathia is out for the season, and ace rookie right-hander Masahiro Tanaka might soon join Sabathia on that list.
The market for starting pitching ahead of the July 31 trade deadline has been stretched thin. Earlier this month, the Yankees acquired right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks, but they have been looking at additional options.
The 29-year-old Danks is 9-6 with a 4.40 ERA for the White Sox this season. He has three years and about $34 million remaining on his contract.
The Yankees have made three significant moves so far this month. Aside from McCarthy, they acquired relief pitcher Chris Capuano from the Colorado Rockies last Thursday and third baseman Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres last Tuesday. At 54-50, the Yankees are one game back of the Toronto Blue Jays for the final American League Wild Card spot. They also sit four games behind the Baltimore Orioles for control of the AL East.