Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana could become the next marquee player to leave the organization, as the front office continues to shop assets following the trade of ace Chris Sale.
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Conflicting Reports Surround Rangers' Pursuit of Quintana
Wednesday, Feb. 1
Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported that the Texas Rangers have increased their effort to land Quintana.
However, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers aren't making a push to trade for Quintana.
On Dec. 21, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported that the Rangers spoke with the White Sox, but Chicago wanted Jurickson Profar and "a lot more." Crasnick noted that the "ask was too steep."
Astros Among Quintana's Suitors
Friday, Jan. 6
The Houston Astros are among the teams most interested in Quintana, per Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
Yankees Interested in Quintana
Tuesday, Dec. 27
Nightengale reported the New York Yankees have "expanded" talks with the White Sox regarding Quintana, noting that a potential deal would include closer David Robertson if Chicago eats part of the contract.
Morosi reported on Dec. 19 that the Yankees have interest in Quintana and "have the sort of prospects" the White Sox are looking for in a potential deal.
Pirates Making Strong Push for Quintana
Thursday, Dec. 22
Buster Olney of ESPN first reported on Wednesday that the Pirates "have worked hard" to try to land Quintana, noting that his "modest contract is perfect for their budget size."
Nats Show Interest in Quintana
Thursday, Dec. 15
Nightengale reported on Dec. 7 that the Washington Nationals are talking with the White Sox about a potential deal for the veteran left-hander.
FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported on Dec. 15 that the White Sox were still listening to offers and that the Astros were still involved. However, Heyman noted that other unnamed teams are also involved.
Quintana Among Top Available Starters
Quintana has served as one of the most reliable starters in baseball over the past five years. He's posted a 3.41 ERA and 1.24 WHIP across 154 appearances (151 starts) in that span. He's also made at least 32 starts in four straight seasons and never finished with an ERA above 3.76 in any campaign.
The 27-year-old Colombia native is coming off perhaps his most complete season. He compiled a career-low 3.20 ERA, which ranked seventh in the American League, and a 1.16 WHIP while striking out 181 batters in 208 innings.
His success allowed him to earn his first All-Star Game selection in July. He talked about how much the honor meant to him before pitching a scoreless frame in the Midsummer Classic, per Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago.
"That is so great and important to know everyone knows me now," Quintana said. "I feel more responsible to my city and teammates and organization. I am so happy and hope to enjoy this moment and experience with my family."
Typically, players with his track record who are under team control for an additional four years aren't the focus of much trade talk. But Sale's departure signaled the start of a White Sox rebuild, and Quintana's value may never be higher, given the lackluster group of starters available in free agency.
Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times passed along comments from general manager Rick Hahn on Dec. 5 about the need for a clear direction. He referenced the successful retooling of the crosstown rival and reigning champion Chicago Cubs in the process.
"If you have a plan and you articulate it clearly [to fans]...certainly in our city it's easy for them to see the fruits of those hardships on the other side of town. I think people would understand that," he said.
Quintana should command another impressive group of prospects, though it likely won't reach the return that the White Sox received for Sale. But if they decide to move him, the combined haul between the two trades would be enough to transform the farm system.