Trade for Jose Quintana
Jose Quintana was a name floated around at the trade deadline, but his price was ultimately too steep for a deal to be struck. Now, the Yankees have the type of farm system that could survive the hit it takes to acquire a pitcher of Quintana’s ability.
Quintana has thrown over 200 innings in his last 4 seasons, and never had an ERA above 3.51 during those years. The upside to acquiring Quintana is he is relatively cheap, as he is owed just under $16 million for the next two seasons, and has two team options that total $22 million. For potentially four years of team control, it will almost certainly take a king’s ransom in order to secure Quintana.
The White Sox are sure to ask for a lot of prospects, given the lack of depth in their farm system. To acquire Quintana, the Yankees will have to part with at least one of their top 10 prospects. A trade centered around Jorge Mateo, who seemed to have regressed after hitting just .254 in High-A this season may be the type of package that coaxes Chicago to part ways with their prized pitcher.