The only two teams that Jose Quintana is thinking about now are the Chicago White Sox and Colombia. He is preparing to pitch for his country in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
The southpaw hurler for the White Sox has listened to rumors about being traded during the entire offseason. He knows there is next to nothing he can do about that so he chooses to ignore as much as he can.
Quintana said he had heard a great deal about possible trades but he could not control what the front office of the White Sox do. He added that he was happy to still be with the White Sox, his new teammates and added that there was so good new talent on the team.
While the Cubs, their cross town rivals prepare to defend their World Series title, rebuild process is taking place with the White Sox.
During the offseason, Chris Sale the team’s ace on the mound was traded as was top outfielder Adam Eaton. However, Quintana is still with the team. He is coming off a high in wins for a season with 13 and reached 200 innings pitched for the fourth consecutive season.
On Friday, Chicago’s general manager Rick Hahn said the team remained open to any type of business between now and the few weeks remaining prior to the start of spring training.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier recorded career highs last season in home runs with 40 and in RBIs with 98 in his first season with the club. He is in a similar situation to Quintana.
David Robertson the closer for the White Sox is also attractive to other teams that are contenders.
Frazier came over from the Cincinnati Reds in December of 2015 in a trade involving three teams. However, the White Sox ended his first season at 78-84 for the fourth consecutive losing season and that prompted the front office to start a rebuilding period.
Now the team is focusing on a set of young talented players that were acquired in the trades for Eaton and Sale. Yoan Moncada a highly touted infielder and Lucas Giolito a right-hander are thought to be two of the best prospects in baseball and could have a big impact for the club in 2017.