It was reported by Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, that the New York Yankees have expressed interest in Jose Quintana. Quintana, 27, finished his fifth season as a member of the White Sox with a strong 3.20 ERA. After Boston’s acquisition of Chris Sale, the Yankees could look to acquire a star pitcher to compete with the Red Sox. The Chicago White Sox have had high asking prices for all of their players on the trading block so far this offseason. After getting strong returns for Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, the White Sox will look to receive yet another hefty prospect return for Quintana.

The Yankees definitely have the farm system capable of making a trade for the All-Star left hander. New York bolstered their farm system this past July by dealing star relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller. Their returns were headlined by Clint Frazier from the Cleveland Indians and Gleyber Torres from the Chicago Cubs. Frazier is baseball’s number 15 prospect and baseball’s number 5 outfield prospect. Torres is baseball’s number 17 prospect and baseball’s number 6 shortstop prospect. Given the trades that the White Sox have already made, it should be assumed that general manager Rick Hahn would ask the Yankees for one of these two prospects to headline the return for Quintana. The White Sox could also ask for outfielder Aaron Judge. Judge is 6-foot-7 and has strength comparable to that of Giancarlo Stanton.

After the splash signing of Aroldis Chapman, it remains to be seen how desperate the New York Yankees could be to add starting pitching. As of now, New York’s ace is Masahiro Tanaka, who would be a number 2 starting pitcher on many other teams. If acquired, Jose Quintana would assume the ace role of the Yankees as they compete for the American League East crown. The Houston Astros backed away from a potential deal for Quintana because they felt that Chicago’s asking price was too high. The Yankees have the package that the White Sox would require, but their intentions of parting with that package are unknown.

 

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