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John Danks wants to pitch next season

Danks could join a club this winter.

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Left-handed pitcher John Danks wants to pitch in 2017, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

The White Sox released Danks in May, but if he proves he can remain healthy, he could be an inexpensive comeback candidate, Heyman adds.

Danks, 31, proved to be a constant in Chicago's starting rotation. He tossed at least 130 innings between 2013 and 2015 and pitched to an ERA in the mid to upper-threes between 2008 and 2010. Last season, he posted a 7.25 ERA and 6.10 FIP over 22.1 innings.

Danks underwent shoulder surgery in 2012, when he signed a five-year, $65 million contract extension to remain with the White Sox for the foreseeable future. He was plagued by shoulder issues this season, though, and was released during what was the last season of that extension.

Because there are few notable starting pitchers available in this year's free agent class, teams seeking pitching depth could give Danks an opportunity. Regardless, he will likely have to earn a starting pitching job in Spring Training and prove he can be consistent for an entire season.