Chicago White Sox: Potential Trade Bait

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Jose Quintana

Jun 5, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The Sox have solid pitching and we’ll discuss another one of their starters after this. Quintana is what can be described as a hard luck pitcher.

He’s pitched well enough to win on numerous occasions but his offense lets him down by not scoring or by not scoring enough.

His win/loss record is misleading as his metrics have shown he’s much better than his record.

Quintana would be very appealing to teams as he is under team control until the 2019 season at which point he has two team options that would take him through the 2020 season.

His salary is relatively cheap which should only increase his trade value and he’s only 26 with a no major injuries in his past.

With his age, contract status and talent he’d be a very valuable asset on the trade market. If he were made available the teams I’d peg to have the most interest would be the Rays, Yankees, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels, Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and Diamondbacks.

In order to acquire Quintana I’d expect the Sox to be offered a top level prospect. The Oakland A’s gave up Addison Russell who was a bona fide top 10 prospect last year for Jeff Samardzija and I could see the Sox getting a player of similar caliber in return based on the factors I listed above.

By moving Quintana the Sox would need to fill his rotation spot and they have options down in the farm system that are deserving of a look, preferably a right handed pitcher.