White Sox: Would Trade with Division Rival Make Sense?

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 02: Jose Quintana
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 02: Jose Quintana /

Ken Rosenthal tweets the Minnesota Twins are checking on controllable starting pitcher. Jose Quintana would be on the list. Would it make sense for the White Sox to strike a deal with a division rival?

Ken Rosenthal tweets the Minnesota Twins are checking on controllable starting pitching. It just so happens the Chicago White Sox have someone that would make the list. Jose Quintana has one of the best contracts in baseball and per Rosenthal, would make the Twins’ list. Making trades in your division is almost unheard of but for the right price, the White Sox may have to consider it.

Obviously the price somewhat goes up when you’re making a trade within your division. But the organization is not strangers to this. Remember, they acquired Avisail Garcia from the Detroit Tigers in 2013. However, this is Quintana. Putting him on a division rival would mean he can haunt you for years to come.

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All of this is speculation. The Twins are going nowhere fast. So there’s no indication they would really have what it would take to trade for Quintana. The White Sox are clearly in the driver’s seat because they really don’t need to deal him. They could elect to keep Quintana around and then flip him during the offseason or even next trade deadline.

Quintana’s name has begun to come up in trade rumors a lot more recently. Makes sense considering the trade deadline is closing in. Still, trading him to a contender may be more realistic. That’s because a contender may be willing to offer more in order to block another contender from making the trade.

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Making a trade with the Twins would be tricky and probably involve some backlash. But if it’s a move that would improve this roster and add future stars, it may be tough for the organization to dismiss it entirely.