20 Dec The Good and The Bad If Yankees Trade For Jose Quintana:
By: Lou Landers
I’m sure if you’re reading this article, you know by now that the Yankees have a wealth of young prospects in the minor leagues. You also probably know that there are many question marks in the starting rotation behind Masahiro Tanaka. In this article I will provide arguments as to why trading for Quintana would be a good and bad idea. There is no doubt that Quintana is a front line SP, however, the asking price for him is astronomical. At least we know he already looks good in pinstripes!
Why it’s bad:
The Yankees did an amazing job last year at the trade deadline. They completely transformed their organization and have set themselves up for tons of future success and maybe even another dynasty. The White Sox want 3 or 4 of the Yankees top prospects, something along the lines of Jorge Mateo, Justus Sheffield, Clint Frazier and another prospect, ALL for Quintana. Are the Yankees really just going to abandon this “new” philosophy in the hopes that 1 SP can make a huge difference? An argument can also be made that Quintana would be much less effective in the hitter heavy and friendly American League East.
Why it’s good:
Yankees starting rotation is pretty suspect at the moment. They could use a reliable left hander considering that they don’t know what they’ll be getting from CC Sabathia. I’ve talked about the inconsistencies of Pineda and Severino for weeks now, whether it be on Facebook, twitter, my articles or radio shows. Pitching wins championships and the Yankees are in dire need of some!
Let’s also remember that no prospect is a sure thing, their value typically peaks before they hit the major leagues and the Yankees should be able to capitalize on the value of all their prospects. They also have too many prospects in the outfield and the infield, they won’t all be starting for the team anyways. Trading them away to get a sure fire starter, who is left handed, can give you 200 innings and can slot in right behind Tanaka seems like a pretty smart idea.
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