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White Sox trade rumors: Astros, Braves, Pirates in on Jose Quintana

The lefty continues to be the hottest name available in trade talks after staying put all winter.

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The Braves, Astros and Pirates continue to show trade interest in White Sox lefty Jose Quintana, according to Yahoo’s Jeff Passan. Chicago is still looking to deal the southpaw, according to Passan, but only “for the right price.”

Quintana has been the hottest name on the trade market since Chicago’s December trade of Chris Sale to the Red Sox, and has been consistently linked to Atlanta, Houston and Pittsburgh as well as the Yankees. Passan reports that White Sox scouts have been dispatched to spring training camps all over Arizona and Florida to look at potential prospects who would come back in a Quintana deal, though nothing appears imminent until a club meets the ChiSox’ ask price.

Quintana, 28, posted a 5.1-WAR season for the South Siders last season, pitching to a 3.20 ERA mark while striking out 181 and finishing 10th in AL Cy Young voting. He is expected to be traded at some point before this summer’s non-waiver trade deadline as the White Sox continue the rebuild that began with the trades of Sale and outfielder Adam Eaton (Nationals) at the winter meetings.

Quintana is under team control through the 2020 season, and is owed only $37.85 million over the next four seasons. Any trade package for him would likely include three or four top prospects, similar to the packages the Red Sox and Nats had to give up for Sale and Eaton, respectively.