One Team Drops Out Of The Jose Quintana Sweepstakes

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One of the Chicago Cubs biggest rivals has emerged as a "sleeper" to land Jose Quintana. (Photo courtesy of Al Bello/Getty Images)

A potential Jose Quintana trade remains one of the biggest talking points of the MLB offseason. The Quintana narrative will continue until either the left-hander is traded, or the regular season begins.

Quintana will always have interest, as he is one of the best pitchers in the MLB. But with no team willing to match Rick Hahn’s demands, no deal has been close.

While the constant Quintana trade rumors have been exhausting on fans, it seems as if the White Sox ace’s potential landing spot has been narrowed down to two teams.

For the most part the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates have been the three teams most involved in Quintana. A new report states that one of those teams has dropped out of the race, leaving the other two to battle out for Quintana’s services.

Recently Yankees general manager Brian Cashman appeared on the Yes Network. While appearing he stated that his team is “all but done” with offseason moves.

He went on to say that Quintana’s price tag was too high for comfort, leading the Yankees to end trade talks.

The Yankees have one of the better farm systems in the MLB including six players in the top 100, according to MLB Pipeline. Any of those six would be great additions to the White Sox continuing the impressive rebuild Hahn has going on in the South Side.

However the Yankees dropping out may be a blessing in disguise for the White Sox.

While the Yankees have elite prospects, they clearly weren’t willing to trade them. Hahn needs to trade Quintana for the best value available. If he isn’t going to get it from the Yankees, then there’s no point to continue conversation with them.

Perhaps talks could pick back up with the Yankees if Cashman changes his point of view. But for now, it appears as if the White Sox and Yankees won’t be completing a trade this offseason.

Barring a late entry from the illustrious “mystery team”, it will come down to the Pirates and Astros for Quintana’s services. It’ll all depend on which team feels they need Quintana more and offers the better prospects.

The Jose Quintana saga could drag out over the next few months. Atleast fans could take solace knowing that it’ll likely come down to just two teams.

 

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Dan Fappiano
White Sox Lead Writer at Sports Mockery | College Student | One day I'll see the Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl