A rival GM told Jon Heyman he didn’t think Jose Quintana’s slow start would effect his trade value. The White Sox lefty is 2-7 with a 5.60 ERA.
Jose Quintana is having one of the worst starts to a season in his career. But that might not effect his trade value too much, as one rival GM tells Jon Heyman. That’s good news for the Chicago White Sox, as most believe they will move him sometime this year or during the offseason. However, some teams will most likely be turned off by his struggles.
The one positive out of this start is he is actually averaging 8.95 K/9. That’s the best of his career. And the bottom line is he is controllable for three more seasons after 2017 at a modest salary. The White Sox may have missed an opportunity to move Quintana this past offseason, but there could still be plenty of suitors for the 28-year-old.
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Pitching will always be at a premium, even when the pitcher you are getting is struggling. Quintana is obviously very talented and it’s hard to believe he lost that spark. He has not pitched well this season but he can easily turn it around. If he’s able to do that, then we won’t be talking about decreasing trade value.
Given the importance of pitching, there will be teams that are interested in his services. It’s not everyday a team gets the chance to add a pitcher with Quintana’s control and talent to their roster. That may be too good to pass up for some teams.
The White Sox haven’t been in a rush to move Quintana. Rick Hahn has been very adamant about what he wants in return for his ace. But so far no one has been willing to meet that price. However, as the season goes on, there will be teams looking to add to their roster. And that’s when the White Sox could pounce.