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MLB Pitching Rumors: Madson, Buehrle, Danks

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 7: John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on September 7, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 7: John Danks #50 of the Chicago White Sox delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on September 7, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Top-a-tha-marnin' to ya! If you're still recovering from the one-minute fight last night, I don't blame you. Pitching continues to be the big story of the off-season (at least until Pujols and Fielder start splashing around...), and today is no exception.

Let's take a look at the latest, which includes new analysis on where Madson might end up (has anybody mentioned Boston?), a concerning lack-of-focus on the bullpen in Milwaukee, yet more rumors on Mark Buehrle, some Dallas rumors surfacing around John Danks, and finally, the most complete Royals-side Sanchez trade analysis you'll read from one of my favorite writers. Enjoy:

  • Source: Rangers interested in reunion with Danks - Jon Paul Morosi
    "The Rangers are working diligently to evaluate the available left-handed starters, a major-league source said Friday. One name that’s high on their list: Chicago White Sox southpaw John Danks, who began his career in the Texas organization. The White Sox are trying to move payroll, and Danks is a prime candidate to be dealt."
  • For Want Of A Pitcher: Jonathan Sanchez. - Rany on the Royals
    "...And the most obvious point: the Royals did this without giving up a single prospect. (They added one, actually, who we’ll get to later.) The best part of this deal is that it doesn’t preclude the Royals from making another move to bring in another starting pitcher. In fact, I would wager that, when the off-season is over, Sanchez will not be the best starting pitcher the Royals will have acquired." <--Rany also works over at Bill Simmons' GrantLand, but does consistently excellent Royals trade analysis over at Rany on the Royals. I highly encourage more writers (and baseball fans) to think like him: honest, critical, optimistic.