White Sox lefty having a solid month of June after a poor start to season. Has the All-Star pitcher increased his trade value?
Going into this season, Jose Quintana was a crucial trade asset towards the White Sox quest to rebuild. After a sub par performance in April and May, many questioned whether or not Quintana’s value may have been dramatized by White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. A drastic change in Quintana’s performance was dire to say the least.
Going into the month of June, the 28-year-old southpaw had an ERA of 5.60. Needless to say something needed to change. In order to to seek improvement, Quintana began to utilize more of his pitches, while incorporating more changeups to his arsenal.
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After a solid performance against a premiere New York Yankees offense on Tuesday, Quintana finished June with an ERA of 1.78 in over 30 1/3 innings. Manager Rick Renteria and Quintana have made it clear that his consistency will return, which now seems more evident than ever.
Despite a stellar June, Quintana’s overall ERA is still a less than flattering 4.37 on the year which may lead teams to second guess the former All-Star capabilities. With that being said, the prior consistency, and his clear drastic improvement may also still attract buyers at the trade deadline.
Teams such as the Yankees, Braves, and Astros have all showed interest in the White Sox starter. Despite trade rumors, Quintana has made it clear that he wont let trade talks affect his performance. Despite Quintana’s lackluster start to the season, expect him to be throwing gems for a different ball club after July 31.