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Now the best pitcher on the White Sox staff, trade rumors have endlessly swirled around Jose Quintana. Quintana, 27, has 4 more years of control at a sustainable salary. Because of this lengthy control, it is not extremely necessary for the White Sox to trade him during this offseason. There are always playoff contenders desperately looking for additions to their starting rotations. Chicago has plenty of time to seek the perfect return in a deal for their left-handed ace.

If the White Sox decide not to trade Jose Quintana this offseason, he would without a doubt be the ace of this team for 2017. Keeping Quintana would also give Carlos Rodon more time to mature into the star pitcher that the White Sox think he can be. Rodon has showed inconsistency during his first 2 seasons on the south side. Rodon definitely has the potential to morph into a lights out ace, featuring that wipeout slider of his. Deciding to have Quintana return would also give the fringe major leaguers more time to develop. Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez are both expected to pitch in the majors at some point in the 2017 season. Michael Kopech is predicted as a 2018 big leaguer.

Being the ace of the staff, Jose Quintana could move out of Chris Sale’s shadow and carry more of the rotation’s workload. Opposing teams that have been interested in Quintana could see how he would handle the pressure of being the ace of a staff. If the White Sox were to keep him, they could hope for a very strong first half from Quintana and hope to possibly deal him at the deadline. If the deadline happens to not work out, then they could deal him next offseason. The key for the White Sox is to not become desperate to trade away their players. They need to hold out for the trade that they feel will best suit them for the future.

 

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