The Chicago White Sox want to make a deal. Do you have what they want? If so, general manager Rick Hahn is listening.
Over the course of this offseason, the White Sox have been one of the most successful movers and shakers in the entire major leagues. Through these processes, they’ve lost players like Adam Eaton and Chris Sale, but they came out ahead in the end gaining talented players like Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, and Derek Holland.
Hahn has the White Sox is full rebuild mode. Although necessary, this came as a surprise to many because White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf isn’t a fan of rebuilds; he wants to win now, and with a strong veteran presence. But one day, amongst all of those who were aware of exactly how personnel decisions were being made on Chicago’s south side, a collective gasp came over the crowd as we heard the news: Rick Hahn made a trade … for prospects.
The youth movement has begun, and Hahn has no interest in stopping. He’s stockpiling talented youngsters to both add to the major league roster and infuse their farm system. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana is one player in particular that he’s still willing to move.
Quintana, 27, has been a part of the White Sox roster for five seasons, starting in 151/154 games that he’s appeared. He’s got a career 3.41 ERA to go along with his 3:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Hahn is hoping to get at least three elite prospects in a deal for Quintana, similar to the team’s take in the Eaton and Sale deals.
The Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angles, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates could all use a reliable arm in their starting rotation. The Braves, Pirates, and Yankees have the most to make a deal with as far as prospects are concerned.
But at the same time, Quintana is Quintana after all. There’s no rush to move him, and if the right partner doesn’t present before the season begins, I’m very certain that manager Rick Renteria won’t mind having him in his team’s rotation one little bit. The trade deadline isn’t until the end of July, which is still more than half a year away.
Time will tell what deals may come but one thing is for certain: If you want to move some prospects, Rick Hahn is listening.