Source: Danks to Yanks never close

December, 22, 2011
12/22/11
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman's trade talks for the White Sox John Danks never progressed too far, according to a baseball official familiar with their discussions.

Cashman and White Sox GM Kenny Williams haven't spoken in weeks, realizing they were not going to have a match. Instead of trading Danks, Chicago has reportedly agreed to a new five-year, $65 million deal with the lefty.

The Yankees liked the 26-year-old Danks, but with Danks approaching free agency Cashman couldn't justify sending any of his top prospects (Jesus Montero, Manny Banuelos or Dellin Betances, etc.) in a trade. Cashman did not want to take the risk of trading one of his young commodities for a pitcher who could walk by this time next year.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .284
HRM. Teixeira 20
RBIJ. Ellsbury 60
RB. Gardner 77
OPSB. Gardner .781
ERAH. Kuroda 3.94
SOM. Tanaka 135