- The New York Yankees are apparently aggressively pursuing the services of Chicago White Sox southpaw Jose Quintana per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The only other serious suitors for Quintana appear to be the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both the Pirates and Yankees have plenty of prospects to entice the White Sox but they also appear to be unwilling to overpay for the lefty. Quintana has four more years left on his deal at an affordable price making him an extremely valuable pitcher right now. He would be an excellent addition to any pitching staff and the haul the White Sox got for former ace Chris Sale from the Red Sox only strengthens their asking price giving Quintana has more years left on his contract. There have been reports of a possible three-way deal between the Pirates, Yankees and White Sox but given the fact that both teams want Quintana, it would seem unlikely they would assist another to get the pitcher each other covets.
- The market for veteran reliever Joe Blanton is beginning to heat up per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The veteran reliever has seen his market slow to develop given the depth of relief options on the free agent market but now that most of the major free agent relief pitchers have signed, he looks to be next in line to sign with someone. A return to the Los Angeles Dodgers is still possible for Blanton but the Dodgers may have to outbid other teams for his services.null