Jon Heyman reports the White Sox still have a high asking price for Jose Quintana. According to the report, the team is seeking two very top prospects for their ace.
We are getting closer to the trade deadline, which means the rumor mill will begin to heat up. Jose Quintana has been the source of much speculation. Jon Heyman reports the Chicago White Sox asking price for the left hander is still high. He writes the organization is seeking two very top prospects from any interested party.
The New York Yankees and Houston Astros were front runners. But there still seems to be a disconnect between the parties in regards to the asking price. Heyman writes the White Sox asked the Astros for top pitching prospect Francis Martes and outfielder Kyle Tucker. From the Yankees, they are said to have asked for Gleyber Torres or outfielder Clint Frazier.
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Two top prospects wouldn’t be enough to land the left hander apparently. With three years of team control, Rick Hahn is definitely looking for more. He’s looking for a package of prospects headlined by two of the very best from any suitor. It may seem like a steep price, but the White Sox can’t afford to get this trade wrong.
Heyman does note that despite the talks, people connected with the White Sox will say the price tag on Quintana is lower than what was asked for Sale. It doesn’t seem that way but it would be foolish for the White Sox to lowball themselves.
We still really don’t know what their plans are for Quintana. Do they keep him or do they trade him? One thing is for sure, there really is no hurry to trade Quintana because he’s under team control for the next three years. That definitely helps his trade value, but Quintana had a rough start to his season. It’s also possible they wait until the summer to make a trade. I think the overall sense is the White Sox will eventually trade him. It’s just a matter of when and what type of package they get.
Quintana’s name still keeps coming up in trade rumors so teams are definitely interested. It’s just a matter of who will meet or get close to the asking price. So far the White Sox haven’t backed down from the price tag. That could mean no one has presented the White Sox with a package they liked. I don’t think it’ll take their exact reported asking price to trade Quintana. But it definitely has to be a package of prospects that have a high upside.