The Details Of John Danks’ No-Trade Clause

White Sox starter John Danks is permitted to designate six clubs for no-trade protection under his five-year, $65MM extension. His list for 2014 includes the Athletics, Orioles, Nationals, and Blue Jays, MLB.com’s Scott Merkin reports on Twitter.

Though Danks has reportedly drawn some interest, including from the Yankees, his contract certainly limits his appeal. As MLBTR’s Steve Adams noted in breaking down the potentially available starters, Danks is due about $34MM through 2016. However, the 29-year-old lefty holds some value after working back from shoulder surgery, as he has shown the ability to produce over stretches. Through 124 innings on the year, Danks owns a 4.35 ERA with 6.3 K/9 against 3.3 BB/9. But he had lowered that mark to 3.99 before getting hit hard two days ago by the Astros.

Of course, it is far from clear that any of those four clubs would be interested in adding Danks (and, in particular, his contract), so the clause’s impact on Danks’ market may be limited. The A’s and Nats appear to be set in their rotations, while the Jays are reportedly interested in adding a pure rental and the O’s may likewise prefer not to take on that kind of commitment after promising $50MM to the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez before the season.

No-trade details have begun to emerge on several possible trade pieces around the league. Earlier today, we covered the teams to which A.J. Burnett and Cliff Lee can block trades (here and here).


30 Responses to The Details Of John Danks’ No-Trade Clause Leave a Reply

  1. nickgarciataria 12 months ago

    Is there ANYONE that DOESN’T have the Blue Jays on their no-trade clause? Why are the Blue Jays so hated among these players?

    • JacksTigers 12 months ago

      Not hated, but you have to move out of the country and most people would like to be able to choose if they want to or not.

    • PittsburghPirates0022 12 months ago

      In Canada and they play on astro-turf.

      • nickgarciataria 12 months ago

        Explain the Rays then. They play on turf.

        • Wek 12 months ago

          Not Canada and no state tax.

          • nickgarciataria 12 months ago

            MLB should not be Canada vs USA. You’re basically saying it’s because they hate Canada and the Blue Jays.

        • Baseball Realism 12 months ago

          Explain when the last time the Rays signed or traded for a big time player ?

          And considering all the special rules that come into play when playing in tropicana, using them to prove your point was probably not the best idea.

          • nickgarciataria 12 months ago

            I used them because PittsburghPirates0022 said the turf was the reason why. Yet I see almost nobody blocking trades to the Rays (who also play on turf), so turf is not the reason why.

    • Baseball Realism 12 months ago

      The Rogers Center tends to be a hitters ball park and you are stuck playing against the rest of the ALEast most of the time(obviously not as intimidating this year as in previous years). If I was a pitcher worrying about my stats, I would probably shy away from playing for the jays as well.

      • nickgarciataria 12 months ago

        By that logic, pitchers would still pick the Blue Jays over the Yankees, as Yankee Stadium has given up more home runs than Rogers Centre has. Yet I see nobody blocking trades to the Yankees.

  2. mike 12 months ago

    its the canadian taxes i believe it really takes a chunk out of the contracts

    • Wek 12 months ago

      I pretty sure I read somewhere USA teams with a Canadian home (Blue Jays, Raptors and probably some NHL teams) pay a special tax.

    • Baseball Realism 12 months ago

      You should check the tax rates. Both Canada and the USA federal taxes are relatively the same. It comes down to state vs provincial taxes.

  3. Lefty_Orioles_Fan 12 months ago

    No, Thank You.
    While Danks doesn’t walk a lot, he gives up a lot of hits.
    As a lot of us saw with Cliff Lee Last night, that’s not good.

    • cachhubguy 12 months ago

      He has a 1.42 WHIP with 3.34 BB/ 9. An accident waiting to happen. For $16 million. No thanks.

  4. griffey9988 12 months ago

    So basically he doesn’t want to go to any good teams. No worries we don’t want you either.

  5. Matthew Essex 12 months ago

    So he doesn’t want to play for a winning team, a winning team, a winning team, or a winning team. Good thing he plays for the White Sox then!

    • Jeremy Johnson 12 months ago

      Or you know he doesn’t want to play for those teams.

      • Matthew Essex 12 months ago

        Yea, cause everyone wants to play for a loser. That’s why everyone begged to sign with Miami and Houston this past offseason.

        • Jonas Salk 12 months ago

          Maybe he just doesn’t want to live in those cities. Honestly, who can blame him?

          • Matthew Essex 12 months ago

            Have you not watched the news lately? Chicago is as bad as downtown Baghdad, yet you want to criticize places like Baltimore and Toronto?

          • Jonas Salk 12 months ago

            I live in Chicago. Those areas where the shootings happen are not anywhere near where people like John Danks live. Maybe you forget how enormous the city of Chicago is and the enormous marketing potential players have here. Certainly far more enticing than Baltimore or Toronto.

          • Matthew Essex 12 months ago

            Toronto and Baltimore are way better cities than Chicago…….

          • Jonas Salk 12 months ago

            You base that off what? I’ve been to Baltimore many times, and it’s boring, not to mention small. Never been to Toronto, but let’s face it, it’s in Canada which automatically disqualifies it as a place you want to live.

    • Personally, I would like to have the right not to live in the Baltimore/Oakland areas.

      • Baseball Realism 12 months ago

        I am pretty sure he would not be living in the poor sections of those cities

    • Ralph Esposito 12 months ago

      Yep. Only to the Cubs, Astros and Diamondbacks. I think that covers all 30 teams. Oh wait, how about the Cardinals, Brewers, Pirates, Braves, Dodgers, Giants, Tigers, Yankees, Royals, Angels and Mariners? It seems like we missed those good teams.

    • Ralph Esposito 12 months ago

      How about when he signed that contract three years ago, those four teams were absolutely brutal. I do not believe a players no trade list changes from month to month or yearly on a 5 year deal.

      • Michael Kenny 12 months ago

        Sometimes the provisions of the contract allow a player to pick his no-trade teams every year. It doesn’t sound like that’s the case here though.

  6. agureghian 12 months ago

    Well, Billy doesn’t want you anyway.

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