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Braves sign John Danks to minor-league deal

The veteran lefty will pitch for a team other than the White Sox for the first time in his professional career.

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The Braves have added left-hander John Danks on a minor-league deal, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Danks will compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

Danks is the fourth veteran rotation piece to join the Braves this winter, joining free-agent signees R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon and trade acquisition Jaime Garcia. Danks is the only one of the four who is not guaranteed a rotation spot.

Danks, 31, last appeared on a major-league mound in May before being released by the White Sox after just four starts on the season. The southpaw allowed 18 earned runs in 22.1 innings last year, and decided to sit out the remainder of the season after being cut.

Danks has spent his entire 10-year major-league career with the ChiSox, and owns a lifetime 79-104 record and 4.38 ERA in that span. He was reported to be looking to make a comeback with a club this winter, and found an opportunity with a rebuilding Braves franchise.