After trading away Chris Sale to the Red Sox, the White Sox immediately jumped on the trade Jose Quintana train. The Sox are apparently “in serious talks” with multiple teams vying for Quintana’s services. So far the Nationals and Astros are two named teams in talks.
While often overshadowed by Sale in Chicago, Quintana has rather quietly been a very durable and effective pitcher over his five years with the White Sox. Quintana has a 3.41 ERA, 3.20 K/BB rate, 7.4 K/9 over 951 career innings, and over the last four seasons, he has generated 18.2 fWAR and averaged 204 innings per year. An early-career extension has made Quintana even more of a valuable commodity, as he is owed just $14.35MM through 2018, plus $10.5MM club options for both 2019 and 2020 (with $1MM buyouts in each year).
I figured once the Sox traded away Sale, it was only a matter of time before the rest of their stars were set to go, and Quintana is arguably just about on Sales level, yet he comes with a MUCH more team friendly contract. Who knows if there is a mystery team that will step in at the 11th hour to snatch another pitcher away from the Nats, but clearly they aren’t too pissed about losing out on Sale if they are still negotiating with the Sox.