White Sox: Market For Jose Quintana Continues to be Hot
Despite no action, the market for White Sox lefty Jose Quintana remains hot. According to Bruce Levine the Astros, Cardinals, Yankees and Pirates remain interested.
The Chicago White Sox may still trade Jose Quintana. According to Bruce Levine, the left hander continues to be in high demand, as spring training gets underway. Still there’s no pressure to deal the ace. Rick Hahn is willing to part ways with his ace, but it has to be for another huge return. Most likely similar to the package they got for Chris Sale.
That may be a tall task. Not many teams have what it takes to pull that kind of deal off. Levine names the Astros, Cardinals, Yankees and Pirates as teams to watch. This is really the first we’ve heard of the Cardinals. The other three teams had shown interest in the 28-year-old in recent months. However, Ken Rosenthal writes he doesn’t expect St. Louis to make a huge splash.
This could make it a three-team race. However, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman seemed content to head into 2017 with the current roster. Reports were he balked at the asking price. The Pirates and Astros seemed to be in the same boat. Levine notes that sources say the White Sox are more concerned with the quality of the prospects, not quantity. And there were a dozen scouts to watch his first spring training start.
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Quintana is pitching for Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. So he will only make one more start before the classic begins. It won’t be surprising if there are more scouts in attendance to see him pitch again. He was sharp in his first spring outing and hopefully that will continue.
The market for Quintana will probably not go away, so there really is no rush to trade him. He is definitely the ace of this rotation, so he probably won’t lose much value unless he has a terrible season. Still, he hasn’t gotten much run support in the past, so it will be important to look at his overall metrics, not just his record.
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The White Sox hope they can get another huge return from Quintana. If they do opt to trade him. So far they are willing to listen, but have made no indication they are serious about parting ways. He is still relatively young and is great in the locker room. If they do trade him, there’s no doubt the already loaded farm system will get another influx of talent. The White Sox already have a bright future ahead of them. A Quintana trade could make that future even brighter.