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John Danks | Starting Pitcher | #50

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: None
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (9) / TEX
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Braves released LHP John Danks.
Danks asked for his release Monday and the Braves granted that request. He signed a minor league contract with Atlanta in December and went on to allow seven earned runs on 14 hits over 9 2/3 innings in the Grapefruit League. The veteran lefty apparently has another deal lined up. Mar 20 - 3:26 PM

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John Danks was credited with a win after allowing one run in three innings and striking out four in relief Monday against the Pirates.

Danks still has a 6.23 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP in 8 2/3 innings after this one. He's strictly a fallback for the Braves rotation, and it's hard to imagine the team putting him in the pen when they have so many alternatives who are out of options. His best hope is that some injury-plagued team like the Reds or Rangers wants him at the end of the spring.
Mar 13 - 5:27 PM

John Danks surrendered three runs in two innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

Danks opted to sit out the final five months of last season after getting let go by the White Sox, and now he's in Braves camp on a major league deal as rotation insurance and a longshot bullpen candidate. He might opt to call it a career if things don't go well for him this month.
Mar 2 - 4:14 PM

Braves signed LHP John Danks to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says the lefty will receive $1.5 million if he makes the team. Danks sat out most of the 2016 season after being released by the White Sox in May following a 7.25 ERA across four starts. He has posted a 4.92 ERA in 97 starts dating back to the beginning of 2012, as he simply hasn't been the same pitcher since his shoulder issues cropped up. There doesn't appear to be room for him in the Braves' rotation, but he might stick around as a long reliever.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 07:53:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, John Danks plans on pitching in 2017.

Danks was released by the White Sox back in May after posting a 7.25 ERA over four starts. He didn't latch on with another team from there, but he still plans on continuing his career. The 31-year-old lefty owns a 4.92 ERA (81 ERA+) in 97 starts dating back to the start of 2012. He might have to settle for a spring training invite at this point.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 02:35:00 PM

White Sox released LHP John Danks.

Danks had been designated for assignment, and he easily passed through waivers. The veteran left-hander is now free to sign elsewhere and will likely have to settle for a minor league contract.
Fri, May 13, 2016 02:05:00 PM

White Sox designated LHP John Danks for assignment.

Danks allowed six earned runs over five innings against the Orioles last Thursday, watching his season ERA rise to 7.25. He's in the final year of five-year, $65 million deal and will likely pass through waivers unclaimed because of the sum he's still owed. Erik Johnson will take over the vacant spot in Chicago's starting rotation.
Tue, May 3, 2016 04:22:00 PM

John Danks continued to struggle in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday, allowing nine hits and six runs over five innings.

Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo went deep off the lefty, who also walked two while striking out four. Danks is now responsible for four of the White Sox' seven losses this season. After Thursday, Danks owns a 7.25 ERA and 1.75 WHIP, and he's struck out 16 while walking 11 in 22 1/3 innings to date. He'll look to get in the win column Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 10:40:00 PM

John Danks allowed five runs, including two home runs, over 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.

Danks gave up six hits in total while walking three and striking out four. He fell to 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA and 1.59 WHIP through his first two starts. It's not surprising that he's struggled -- he hasn't posted a sub-4.00 ERA since 2010 -- but rather, it's surprising that a team with championship aspirations like the White Sox continue to trot him out every fifth day. But they do, and they will again, this time Thursday against the Angels.
Sat, Apr 16, 2016 09:41:00 PM

John Danks was clobbered in Friday's loss to the Indians, getting knocked around for seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings.

The veteran southpaw did manage to rack up six strikeouts on the afternoon while issuing only one free pass. The Tribe jumped on him early and often in this one, pushing three runs across in the first inning and tacking on another pair in the second, which would all but put the game away. Danks will look for better results when he battles the Twins in Minnesota on Thursday.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 07:24:00 PM

John Danks allowed two runs over five innings in a win over the Padres on Saturday.

The southpaw gave up six hits without walking a batter, striking out two. He closes camp with a 5.40 ERA but a spot in the back end of the White Sox' rotation locked up.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 07:18:00 PM

John Danks served up back-to-back-to-back homers on his way to four runs allowed over six frames versus the Rockies on Monday.

It sounds a bit strange to say, but Danks pitched pretty well aside from the back-to-back-to-back shots. He permitted eight hits, walked one and struck out five on the day. The veteran left-hander holds a 5.74 ERA this spring, though he's struck out 26 over 26 2/3 innings.
Mon, Mar 28, 2016 07:35:00 PM

John Danks failed to surrender a run while scattering seven hits over six innings in Wednesday's win over the Padres.

Danks has been working to extricate from some awful early spring numbers. Even with 11 innings of scoreless ball in his last two starts, his earned run mark still sits at 5.89. The majority of the inflation came in an eight-run debacle against the Diamondbacks earlier in March. There are no surprises in store with Danks. In each of his last five seasons, he's held ERAs over 4.50, though four of those seasons resulted in marks below 5.00. With a career K/9 of 6.6, there's just not much to love here on the level of fantasy.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 06:53:00 PM

John Danks fired five scoreless frames in a 3-2 win over the Cubs on Friday.

Well, that’s an improvement. Danks came into Friday’s outing with a 12.10 ERA over his first three starts this spring. While the veteran southpaw didn’t face all of the Cubs’ regulars, he allowed just one hit and two walks while striking out seven. We wouldn’t expect many outings like this once the regular season begins, but the White Sox would probably be happy if he stays healthy and eats some innings in the back-end of the rotation.
Fri, Mar 18, 2016 06:37:00 PM

John Danks was lit up for eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Danks has now allowed 13 earned runs in 9 2/3 innings this spring. The veteran left-hander is owed $15.75 million in 2016, his final year of a five-year, $65 million deal. It has been a bad contract for the Pale Hose, and it's not going to get any better this season.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 07:06:00 PM

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