White Sox ace Jose Quintana continues to increase trade value with 10 strikeouts against powerful Colorado Rockies offense.
Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana has been mentioned in trade rumors recently, with the Milwaukee Brewers reportedly doing background work on the 28-year-old lefthander. On Saturday, Quintana continued to increase his trade value by recording 10 strikeouts against the Colorado Rockies in 5-4 White Sox victory.
Quintana allowed three earned runs to the Rockies through 5.2 innings pitched on Saturday at Coors Field. Although he didn’t last six innings, Quintana was able to limit the Rockies offense one day after Colorado scored 10 runs in the series opener on Friday night. Quintana also recorded his first MLB RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning.
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Ironically for Quintana, the Rockies could be a team that shows interest in trading for him before the trading deadline. Colorado is contending in the National League West and could use a veteran starting pitcher for the second half of this season. Although the Rockies haven’t been rumored recently in having interest in trading for Quintana, they could very well attempt to acquire the native Colombian if they can give the White Sox a solid return.
The White Sox don’t have to trade Quintana before the trading deadline, but after a poor start to his season, Quintana has continued to improve going into the All-Star break. With his outing on Saturday, Quintana lowered his ERA to 4.49. Although his record at 4-8 and ERA isn’t ideal, Quintana still has time to increase his trade value even more before July 31.
With Quintana starting to turn his season around, White Sox fans could be seeing him pitch his final games for the South Siders. If Quintana is traded, he should finally get a chance to pitch for a contender. Unfortunately, the White Sox couldn’t give Quintana that chance early in his career.