John Danks' tenure with the White Sox is officially over.
The team announced Friday that it requested waivers on Danks for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release. This after designating the left-hander for assignment earlier this month.
Danks spent parts of 10 seasons with the White Sox, but he struggled in just four starts this season, postiong a 7.25 ERA in 22 1/3 innings and taking the loss in all four contests.
In addition, the White Sox purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Matt Purke and added him to the 40-man roster.
Purke is a former first-round pick, selected 14th overall in the 2009 draft, though he opted to play at the college level and wound up a third-round pick in 2011. He spent parts of five seasons in the Washington Nationals' organization before joining the White Sox organization as a minor league free agent this year.
In 10 games at Triple-A Charlotte, Purke posted a 2.30 ERA in 15 2/3 innings.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.