The Chicago White Sox will almost certainly be sellers when the MLB trade deadline hits at the end of the month, but they could have a new suitor if they choose to deal away one of their biggest stars.
According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, the Milwaukee Brewers have emerged as a contender to trade for White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana:
Morosi also says that the Brewers could target Oakland A’s pitcher Sonny Gray, among other pitchers, as they look to build upon the four and a half game lead that they currently hold in the National League Central over the Chicago Cubs.
After a slow start to the season, Quintana has begun to rebound a bit, giving up three or fewer earned runs in each of his last six starts. He has picked up a pair of wins in that time, and has slashed his ERA to 4.45.
If the Brewers launch an effort to land Quintana, the White Sox would certainly benefit from the added suitor. The Brewers have the fifth-best farm system in all of baseball, according to MLB Pipeline, and they could come up with an excellent package to entice the White Sox to deal Quintana away.
The Cubs will also certainly take notice of the development, as they too have been linked to Gray through various reports. They could also have the prospect depth needed to land Quintana, but a trade between the two sides doesn’t appear to be likely at this point.