Last month, the Houston Astros were said to have backed off of a potential deal for Jose Quintana because of the asking price of the Chicago White Sox. As Spring Training draws closer, contending teams become more desperate to fill their roster needs. The Astros have been in talks with both the Chicago White Sox for Quintana and the Tampa Bay Rays for Chris Archer.
Recent reports indicate that the Astros offered the Rays a large deal for Chris Archer, but Tampa Bay declined. Archer finished last season with a disappointing 9-19 record with a 4.02 ERA. Prior to his below average 2016 campaign, Archer posted a 3.23 ERA while striking out 252. Obviously Archer has shown flashes of brilliance in the past, and his 2016 season shouldn’t be much of a concern. However, the Rays have 5 more years of Archer under team control, so they could wait for a bounce back 2017 season in hopes that they would receive the prospect return they seek.
The Astros could also revisit a trade for Jose Quintana of the Chicago White Sox. Houston has been one of the three teams that have reportedly been in talks with the Sox. The Astros have just what the White Sox are looking for, 5 prospects in MLB’s top 100. I would imagine that the White Sox would ask for at least RHP Francis Martes(Houston’s top prospect and MLB’s 29th ranked prospect) and OF Kyle Tucker(Houston’s 2nd ranked prospect and MLB’s 50th ranked prospect). White Sox GM Rick Hahn has made it clear that they will not settle for just any deal, but instead they will look to find a trade that they feel adds to their already bright future. Chicago could create a bidding war between the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Houston Astros, and accept whichever deal provides the greatest return.