The Chicago White Sox started their first full-blown rebuild in two decades this past week. While the Dodgers were never serious players for Chris Sale or Adam Eaton, Chicago’s second ace could be a different story.
Jose Quintana is an outstanding talent in his own right. He’s logged 200 innings in each of the last four years and is signed at below-market value for the next four seasons. The Sox aren’t particularly motivated to move him, but ambitions change quickly in rebuilding phases. David Schoenfield of ESPN.com conjured potential Quintana trades, and among the better suitors were the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“They’re trying to decrease their payroll, but Quintana doesn’t break the bank. Right-hander Jose De Leon and outfielder Alex Verdugo would be an interesting pair to start with,” Schoenfield writes.
That’s a reasonable starting point. Chicago has acquired a bounty of young pitching recently, so adding an outfielder with Verdugo’s upside would be a coup. Schoenfield left out the biggest ‘what if’ of the deal, which is the final pieces(s). If L.A. dedicates itself to acquiring another top of the rotation starter, the duo above is appealing. If Chicago wanted additional top-end talent, the Dodgers probably walk away, just as they have with numerous premier starters over the last couple years.
Schoenfield went on to declare the Astros the most logical fit, which makes sense with recent reports. He added NL West up-and-comer Colorado as a “sleeper. Both Houston and the Atlanta Braves have reportedly declined Chicago’s current asking price.
When Astros askewd on Jose Quintana, Chisox asked 3 names:Francis Martes, Kyle Tucker, Joe Musgrove
— Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 10, 2016
The Dodgers and Quintana have yet to be officially linked, but expect plenty of rumors about aces and right-handed bats after the Kenley Jansen and Justin Turner situations conclude.