After trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox over the winter, it was assumed that Jose Quintana would be next. Every couple of weeks it seemed like a new team was mentioned as the landing spot for Quintana. He was rumored to be a Pirate, an Astro, Yankee, or Brave, amongst others. It seemed like General Manager Rick Hahn would surely make it the best move for the franchise as they continued their rebuild. The trouble is he didn’t and that could be a huge mistake.
Three starts into the 2017 season, it looks like all the talk of Quintana leaving Chicago in the offseason could be affecting him. Through three starts, Quintana is 0-3 with a 6.75. ERA. He is coming off giving up five runs in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins last Saturday, not the kind of start that would help increase somebody’s future trade value. This doesn’t mean that they can’t trade him come July, but it could diminish the value they could potentially get for him if his struggles continue.
He will start tonight against the defending American League Champion Cleveland Indians. If he shows signs of coming out of his early season struggles over the next few starts, the Sox front office should not wait until July to trade him. The earlier the deal is made might increase what a team is willing to give up for him. The more starts he makes for a contender might mean more value in return for him. It’s understandable that the White Sox front office doesn’t just want to give Quintana away, but every time he goes out there, they are playing with fire. Any pitch could lead to injury or another bad outing.
Every time Jose Quintana pitches in a White Sox uniform, their fans should be holding their breath.