The Yankees have refused to part with the prospects that it would take to land White Sox Jose Quintana in a trade, but despite that the team continues to stay connected to the Yankees in trade rumors.
Jack Curry of the YES Network reports that while the Yankees and White Sox both have some interest in making a deal happen, nothing is currently in the works. The problem has been and continues to be the fact that the White Sox have set a high asking price for Quintana, and the Yankees have refused to meet that price.
That hasn’t stopped reports from popping up. Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reported late last month that the Yankees were among the four teams “dug into” negotiations (the others are reportedly the Astros, Cardinals and Pirates). George King of the NY Post reported on Wednesday that the Sox have had scouts at the Yankees spring training complex to evaluate prospects which further suggests that talks are ongoing.
Quintana certainly makes sense for the Yankees. They currently don’t have a single starting pitcher they can count on past this season, and Quintana, who just turned 28, is controlled through the 2020 season at a very-reasonable average annual value of $8.83 million per year.
Quintana has been one of the more consistent pitchers in baseball throughout his career. He has a 3.41 ERA over his career, a 3.29 ERA over the past three seasons and has thrown at least 200 innings in each of the last four seasons. All with an impressive 7.4 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9. Last year he was picked to the All-Star team and finished 10th in the Cy Young voting.
A move would make sense and despite the fact that the Yankees are in a rebuild it is smart to maximize the value of prospects through trades. If the Yankees refuse to part with the five players mentioned in the NY Post, they might still have enough prospects to swing a deal considering the extreme depth of their farm system.
At this point it seems unlikely that the Yankees would swing a deal in the final weeks of spring training, but it’s possible that the groundwork is being set for a trade down the line.