Heading into the 2017 season, the starting rotation of the New York Yankees has question marks surrounding it, so it would make sense for them to explore options.
With at least 40 percent of the rotation in doubt, the Yankees are reportedly interested in making a trade for Chicago White Sox left-handed starter Jose Quintana, as Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reported on Monday.[embedit snippet=”Doug ads”]
Quintana, who just completed his best season in the majors with the White Sox in 2016, is perhaps the team’s biggest trade chip, as the team is in the midst of a roster overhaul and re-build; Chicago recently traded Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals and are looking to move other players such as Quintana and Todd Frazier.
For the Yankees, they are trying to find younger, controllable starters to go with Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda, Luis Severino and Luis Cessa; CC Sabathia is signed for one more season with the Yankees, but he’s at the end of his career and not going to be a factor in the future of the team past 2017, thus why the Yankees have interest in a younger left-handed starter.
Before Quintana finally found his form with the White Sox, he was once in the Yankees system from 2008-2011 but signed as a free agent in Chicago before the 2012 season and has become a fixture in the rotation since then.
While his win-loss record is nothing much to look at (46-46), it’s his stability the Yankees want; 200 innings in each season since the 2013 season, at least 32 or more starts and 165 or more strikeouts in each season as well. The Yankees back-end of the rotation seemed to be a bit of a revolving door, as Severino was up and down between the majors and minors, Chad Green was as well before his injury.
With the White Sox looking to implode the roster and start over for the 2017 season, this is the perfect time for the Yankees to try to look to get Quintana, as he fits what they are looking for; a team full of guys who are younger and more athletic, and shed away from the older team that the Yankees had become over the last couple of seasons.
It’s not clear what or how many prospects the White Sox want for Quintana, but the Yankees certainly have the necessary players needed and likely the players they would want for their lefty starter. Brian Cashman certainly isn’t going to overpay for someone like Quintana and would probably go with the rotation as-is if he had to if it meant keeping his minor league system together and not shedding key players.
But he’ll always look to make the right deal if the trade is one that makes sense and if he’s able to get Quintana for a price that doesn’t weaken the farm system, he’ll strike at the opportunity. With the Yankees able to compete and potentially have a chance to win in 2017 with their young roster, Quintana would be ideal to help in that process.
Quintana, whose signed for at least another guaranteed two seasons with two team options, would be a potential long-term investment for the Yankees and one that could help them for the present and for the future.
So long as Cashman doesn’t get purged in a deal, making a trade for Quintana makes a lot of sense for the Yankees.