The New York Yankees have reportedly turned down a deal that would have brought Jose Quintana to the Bronx.
The New York Yankees recognize how dangerous selling the farm for a starter would be, and they have put their words into actions.
According to the source, the White Sox had asked for Luis Severino, Jorge Mateo and the organization’s top prospect Clint Frazier. And it makes sense for general manager Rick Hahn to seek this kind of return.
The southpaw also fits the definition of an inning’s eater.
Since making his major league debut Quintana totaled 951 innings in five years and since 2013, only Corey Kluber, Chris Sale, R.A. Dickey and David Price have pitched in more innings than the newest name on the market.
When also considering the controllability Quintana packs (signed through 2020 with team options for ’19/’20 at $48.5 million), there’s no reason not to believe there will be a sizeable return for his services.
Not only is he the best option on the trade market, but there is little uncertainty about what he brings to the table — unlike New York’s youngsters who are competing for the final two spots in this year’s rotation.
Last season, Quintana went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA while his 208 innings of work earned him an All-Star appearance and a tenth place finish in the AL CY-Young award voting.
Despite trustworthy innings at a cheap price and club control until 2021, however, the price in prospects have obviously steered the Yankees away — as it has in the past.