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White Sox having ‘daily’ Jose Quintana trade talks with at least 3 teams

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The White Sox haven’t forgotten about trading Jose Quintana. Not even close! In fact, they’re having "daily" trade discussions about their top pitcher, reports Ken Rosenthal, and are doing so with at least three teams: the Astros, Pirates, and Yankees. The Yankees seem to be last in line given their reluctance to part with the prospects the White Sox want, but this is the Yankees we’re talking about, so let’s not count them out until someone else has traded for Quintana.

Chicago isn’t in a rush to deal Quintana, which is why so relative little is being reported on these trade discussions. He’s under contract for four more seasons, with less than $18 million of the money owed to him guaranteed thanks to two option years. He’s coming off of his best season, so there is no concern that he’s on the way down. He’ll be all of 28 years old in 2017, meaning he’s not going to be an old man at any point during this deal everyone wants to be their own. Chicago can let the suitors come to them.

The White Sox could move him at the July 31 trade deadline if they don’t get the offers they want now, and someone — like, say, the Yankees — might be more willing to pay what is needed depending on how close they are to making 2017 a memorable success. Quintana is a special case, as he will be expensive in prospects, but he’s going to be a significant pitcher at a low cost for four seasons, and unlike some of these prospects, those years of success can start right away. He won’t come cheap, and with so much time left on his deal, there is little reason for the White Sox to make him so.