Jose Quintana a starting pitcher for the Chicago White Sox might be the next high-profile marquee player leaving the Windy City.
The front office continues shopping its different assets following its trade of ace starter Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.
On Tuesday it was reported by a national daily that the New York Yankees had increased their talks with Chicago related to Quintana. It was noted that a possible deal could include David Robertson a closer if the White Sox were willing to take on part of the contract.
Pittsburgh has also been mentioned related to Quintana. The Pirates re-signed Ivan Nova last week, but rumors from a national sports television network said Pittsburgh was also interested in the services of Quintana.
Part of the interest on the part of Pittsburgh is the expected price tag of signing Quintana as his contract is of a modest amount, which is perfect for the medium size market team the Pirates are.
The Texas Rangers have also shown interest, but Chicago is rumored to have asked for Jurickson Profar and other players in exchange for Quintana and the Rangers were not ready to give up so much.
Quintana has been one of baseball’s most reliable starters the last five years. He has an ERA of 3.41 and a WHIP of 1.24 in his 154 appearances that included 151 starts during that span.
Quintana has made 32 or more starts in four consecutive seasons and never finished with higher than a 3.76 ERA in any of those four seasons.
The Colombian, who is 27, perhaps had his most complete year in 2016 with an ERA of 3.20 that was his career best, a WHIP of 1.16 and 181 strikeouts over 208 innings.
He was picked for his first All-Star appearance and pitched a scoreless half inning.
Quintana would likely be the White Sox ace after Sale was traded to Boston, but it also signaled a complete rebuild on the part of the White Sox, which has helped to increase the value of Quintana this offseason.
It is likely that the White Sox would receive an impressive number of prospects in return for Quintana, although it is not likely they would be the same as Chicago received in its trade for Sale.
However, if they do decide to trade the Colombian, the haul between the two trades could be sufficient to transform the organization’s farm system.