White Sox Shouldn’t Lower Asking Price for Jose Quintana
White Sox haven’t traded its best asset yet, but they shouldn’t lower asking price for All-Star pitcher. The South Siders will begin the season with veteran pitcher getting his first Opening Day start.
Throughout the offseason, the Chicago White Sox have been rumored to be in discussions with many teams over trading Jose Quintana. Although the Sox could trade the All-Star pitcher at any time, it appears the team’s asking price remains high.
However, for the Sox they’re not willing to come down on their asking price according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com. This is justifiable because Quintana has done nothing but continue to show he’s worthy of a high asking price. The Sox have a valuable trade asset in Quintana, and they shouldn’t settle for anything less than a high asking price for the durable left-handed pitcher.
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With the start of the 2017 season quickly approaching, it appears Quintana will indeed make his first Opening Day start for the Sox on April 3. Quintana has had a solid Spring thus far, not only in Spring Training but also in the World Baseball Classic.
Sox general manger Rick Hahn has stated the team has had trade discussions during the Spring, but their asking price hasn’t been met. Although the Sox asking price hasn’t been met by interested teams, Hahn hasn’t given up on finding an ideal trading partner either this season or even into next offseason according to Merkin.
"“We’ve had conversations even this spring where if our asks were met, we’d make a move. Obviously nothing has developed as of yet.But that could well change early in the season or it could take to the Trade Deadline or into the next offseason. We would love to move this thing along based strictly on our desire, but it’s too important we do it right than to force the issue based on impatience. We don’t have specific time frames on any of these things.” Rick Hahn"
The Sox don’t need to trade Quintana for anything less than a high return, and other MLB GM’s must accept this. Quintana is one of the better pitchers available on the trade market, and he could immediately help a contending team. With a team friendly contract, the Sox are in a good position as they can demand a high return for Quintana.
Quintana has been stellar this Spring, as he has a 1.00 ERA in two Spring Training starts for the Sox. The native Colombian has pitched nine innings this Spring with five strikeouts. Quintana also had an impressive outing for Colombia in the WBC against the Team USA. He held the eventual WBC Champions to no hits through 5.2 innings pitched.
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If the Sox do eventually trade Quintana, expect a high return similar to what they received for Chris Sale. The Sox can hold onto Quintana for the duration of this season, and could still get a high return if they traded him during the offseason. With no rush to trade Quintana, the Sox could very well get another solid season from him on the mound. That will do nothing but increase his trade value.