The Yankees have been linked to White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana for what feels like forever at this point. It makes sense for the two to be a popular pairing, considering that Quintana was once in the Yankees organization before making his name elsewhere. While Brian Cashman would probably like to upgrade his starting rotation if at all possible, Quintana’s price tag is exorbitant.
Based on the last several seasons, Quintana is almost certainly a better pitcher than his 4.49 ERA/4.01 FIP in 2017 says he is. He was worth 4.8 fWAR each of the last two seasons following a 5.1 fWAR season in 2014. Those numbers certainly paint Quintana as a good pitcher on a team-friendly deal that would be appealing for the Yankees.
Quintana has not quite been that pitcher this year. His results have been better as of late, but trading for him would still basically require a team to bank on him returning to form down the stretch. That scenario would normally result in the asking price being lower. Maybe it is lower, but it’s still likely too high for the Yankees’ liking.
Jon Heyman notes that the White Sox are believed to have asked New York for shortstop Gleyber Torres and outfielder Clint Frazier. A cost-controlled starter is certainly the kind of deal that warrants asking for top prospects, but the Yankees should absolutely not pay that price.
Note: After an edit, Heyman’s article now states that the White Sox would want one of Torres or Frazier to headline a package of prospects in order to trade Quintana.
Torres is one of the best prospects in all of baseball, and his value isn’t exactly at its peak with him on the shelf recovering from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing arm. Frazier has been in the big leagues for a week, and has already managed to hit three home runs, one of which was a huge walk-off homer that kept the Yankees from being swept in their final series of the first half.
While an upgrade over someone like Michael Pineda would definitely help the Yankees toward their goal of making a playoff run this season, Cashman has already said that he does not have plans to mortgage the future to do so. No one really expected the Yankees to be in a position to compete so soon, and giving away multiple valuable pieces of the long-term future is almost certainly a bad business decision for right now.
Would you pay the rumored asking price for Jose Quintana?