Rumor: Milwaukee Brewers Doing Background Work on Jose Quintana

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White Sox ace could be a target of surprising National League contender. Will Jose Quintana be traded before trading deadline?

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana has been included in many trade rumors since his former teammate Chris Sale was traded this past offseason. Although the left-handed pitcher got off to a rough start to begin this season, he had a strong month of June which helped his trade value.

According to a tweet from Jon Morosi on Friday morning, the Milwaukee Brewers have begun background work on Quintana, Sonny Gray and other starting pitchers. The Brewers are one of the surprise contenders for this season as they lead the National League Central division by 4.5 games over the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs.

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Quintana didn’t start this season strongly, but he’s pitched quality starts in three of his last four outings. The 28-year-old pitcher will start Saturday against the Colorado Rockies and could continue improving his trade value with another strong outing. Currently Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.45 ERA and 99 strikeouts.

The Brewers could certainly use a starting pitcher like Quintana, especially if they want to hold off the Cubs in the second half of the season. Quintana’s team friendly contract could be of special importance to a small market team such as the Brewers. If Quintana is traded to Milwaukee, not only can he help the Brewers this season but he could very well help them contend for the next few years.

Milwaukee could trade for another starting pitcher outside of Quintana however, but they might not get a better value than landing the former All-Star. Quintana still has room for improvement this season, and it would be great if he could finally pitch for a contender. A pairing between Quintana and Milwaukee appears to be a good fit for both him and the Brewers.

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If the White Sox are able to trade Quintana to Milwaukee, the return will most likely have to be strong. This is contingent upon Quintana continuing to improve after his poor start to this season. Although the Sox have a strong farm system, it wouldn’t hurt for the organization to add more depth by trading Quintana. With the Brewers being rumored to doing background work on Quintana, expect more trade rumors involving the White Sox ace to appear before the trading deadline on July 31.