It is no secret that since the winter meetings the Houston Astros and The Chicago White Sox have been linked in a possible trade for Pitcher Jose Quintana. Houston is at a place where they have a solid lineup and many experts believe they are still one frontline pitcher away from being a World Series contender. Meanwhile, Chicago is rebuilding and trading valuable major league assets away for elite minor league talent that will help them in the future.
While nothing has happened yet, it was rumored that Houston rejected a deal that would have sent Pitcher Joe Musgrove along with top prospects Francis Martes and Kyle Tucker to Chicago in exchange for Quintana.
A few days ago Houston’s AL West Rivals, The Texas Rangers entered the conversation as a landing spot for Quintana. While many experts have gone on record saying that the Rangers do not have the minor league talent to pull off such a deal, Arlington is the last place the Astros would want to see such a talented pitcher end up.
Some say that this is no more than a push by Chicago to force Houston’s hand into pulling the trigger on a deal. As trivial as it might be, after Robert Manfred’s ruling of the Astros obtaining two of the St. Louis Cardinals top picks in the upcoming draft, Owner Jim Crane weighed in on a the possibility of a trade in an interview with Bob Nightengale:
“We’re hoping something will break,” Crane said in the interview. “Getting two picks from the Cardinals gives us more depth in the system. We’re still looking into it. The thing about pitching is that it keeps games under control .and you got to have someone who can slam that door.”
It would make sense if Chicago traded Quintana prior to the beginning of the season in an effort to avoid depreciating his value. Whether or not the Astros are ultimately the team that benefits from his services this season remains to be seen. History shows us that plenty of trades involving top prospects for an elite player does not always lead to a World Series victory and ultimately can cripple a franchise down the road.
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Do you think the Rangers involvement is a play by Chicago to get the Astros moving on a deal? If so do you think Houston will pull the trigger?
Catchers and Pitchers report to Spring Training in less than two weeks, Will the Houston rotation feature Quintana at the front end?