Originally Posted by blandman
I think if it's a dump, and someone picks it all up, you trade Danks. There's no guarantee on his shoulder. Don't forget, that surgery was highly experimental. "Success" cases for that surgery include Johan Santana. That's all. And that's considered the success case. He's had so many setbacks/surgeries since then. And he's the most positive example available of someone having a torn shoulder capsule repaired through surgery.
The failures include Mark Prior, Dallas Braden, and Chien-Ming Wang. And while it's positive to see numbers results, it's obvious this is not John Danks we are watching on the mound. It's also worth noting that all of those players came back rough, got better, and then suffered setbacks that ultimately ended their effectiveness.
With Danks, I would agree that it might be best to trade him. $42.75 million is a lot to have tied into someone over 3 years with arm problems. Add on top of that, if we are going to pare off a lot of talent soon, we have to ask how competitive we will be in 2014. If we trade him away and are a top starter away from something big, trading Danks could be a huge mistake. If we keep him but are in rebuilding mode, it could be a huge expenditure that cannot be invested in the future.