Since the White Sox dealt former ace Chris Sale to the Red Sox in December, Quintana has been targeted by teams such as the Astros, Pirates, Yankees, Braves and Red Sox. But now, Heyman says “there’s a belief ChiSox people are eyeing” the Dodgers.
Though the Astros, Yankees and Pirates have been in the mix for a long time, Heyman said a Quintana-to-Dodgers deal could work because the White Sox have been “frustrated by Houston’s offers and the Pirates don’t look like a contender to this point.” In addition, Quintana is under team control through the 2020 season, and is owed only $37.85 million over the next four seasons, making his salary a “fit” in the Dodgers’ payroll.
And even though Quintana has struggled to a 2-8 record and a 5.30 ERA this season, teams are still in pursuit of him because of the quality season he had in 2016. Quintana posted a 5.1 WAR and a 3.20 ERA for the White Sox last season. He also struck out 181 and finished 10th in the AL Cy Young voting.
If Quintana heads to Los Angeles, the Dodgers would have six left-handed starters in him, Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Scott Kazmir (injured). However, they may have to trade some of their best prospects instead of keeping them, something Heyman also pointed out.