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Nationals trade rumors: Washington interested in Jose Quintana

The Nationals didn’t get their prime White Sox, but that doesn’t seem to be hindering them on their pitching quest.

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After losing out on one White Sox pitcher in Chris Sale this morning, the Nationals are showing interest in Jose Quintana, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Quinata had a solid year for Chicago, posting a 3.20 ERA in 208 innings, allowing only 74 earned runs and recording 181 strikeouts. Quintana’s sporting a WAR of 20.5 over five seasons. The 27-year old signed is for $16M for the next seasons and is under team control through 2020. He’ll have team options for $10.5M in 2019 and $11.5M in 2020.

Quintana was looked at to be Chicago’s new ace with the departure of Sale, but with the Nationals back on the prowl, it’s looking less likely. As per Jon Heyman’s report, on the current White Sox roster, “nobody’s scared”. Quintana, like Sale, could fetch a healthy crop of prospects, building the White Sox a farm system that would accelerate the club’s rebuild.

Quintana recently accepted an invitation to play in the World Baseball Classic for his native country Colombia.

In addition to Quintana, the White Sox are also open to talks concerning Todd Frazier and closer Dave Robertson.