Several White Sox players continue to draw interest from rival clubs. Bruce Levine reports the Red Sox and Nationals had scouts watching Jose Quintana, among others.
Jose Quintana may be off to a tough start to 2017 but that doesn’t mean teams have lost interest. According to Bruce Levine, the Red Sox and Nationals had some their top scouts watching Quintana, and several other Chicago White Sox players. It’s no secret Washington is in search of a closer. Levine reports the Nationals watched David Robertson twice while Boston has their eyes on Quintana.
Remember, Rick Hahn struck huge trades with both aforementioned clubs during the offseason. However, the White Sox still have a lot of trade chips. Quintana and Robertson are at the top of the list. However, Todd Frazier could also be a name to watch.
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Nothing is imminent but the Red Sox to a certain extent could have some interest in the third baseman. Boston has used five players at the position this season and could look to add some stability at the position. Frazier’s bat would also help any team.
The big question is going to be what kind of value Hahn wants in return. He has been pretty steadfast to this point on his asking price. And reports indicate he’s not really willing to go down. Obviously Quintana and Frazier’s slow start could effect their value, but it’s still early. For most people in the league, it’s not a matter of if these guys will get traded, it’s when.
Hahn is really in no hurry to make any moves. He can make them at the deadline or during the offseason. It really doesn’t matter. Obviously you want to make a move when value is the highest, but so far there’s been no indication any of these guys are losing any trade value. Even with his slow start, Quintana has a very team-friendly contract. Robertson is pitching extremely well. Frazier is off to a slow start but should be fine.
It’s going to be a very interesting season the south side. Even if the White Sox are out of contention for the playoffs, the rumor mills will keep this team interesting. Everyone is waiting to see what Hahn is going to do for an encore. Hopefully it’s as good as the first act was.