A trade to bring back an old friend and help the rotation

A trade for an old friend could help the Chicago White Sox start the rotation.

That Chicago White Sox start the action on Saturday 15th best ERA among all major league pitching staffs. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends.

The starters place 23rd in WHIP, 28th in walks per nine, 14th in hits per nine, and 16th in home runs per nine. Overall, it’s a pretty average performance for a team that’s built itself to have one of the best starting rotations in the game.

One cause could be attributed to injury. Lance Lynn has pitched for them all year, which has resulted in the team giving Vince Velasquez the opportunity to start regularly. Even more painful is that Dallas Keuchel continues to get his chances. A quick look at the league, there’s probably an old friend available in a trade this summer to support the rotation.

The White Sox reunion with Jose Quintana could work out well for both of them

Jose Quintana enjoyed portions of six seasons with the White Sox from 2012 through mid-2017 when he was traded to the Chicago Cubs. In those early days with the White Sox, Quintana wasn’t a star, but as much a consistent center rotation arm as one could wish for. His first five seasons included ERAs ranging from 3.20 to 3.76; getting better and better every year. He also gave the White Sox 200+ innings every season from 2013 through 2016.

This wouldn’t be the version of Quintana the White Sox could want in 2022. He’s been struggling with a few injuries and has been far less consistent since leaving her. Those times are long gone.

However, Quintana has emerged as one of this summer’s most intriguing trade pieces. Now a member of Pittsburgh Pirates With a $2 million, one-year contract, he’s as affordable as anyone.

Through 9 starts for the Pirates, Quintana is 1-2 with a 2.15 ERA. He is in no way overpowered. That was actually never his modus operandi. Quintana shaped the White Sox in much the same way Mark Buehrle did. Quintana is just the next-gen version of an MLB innings eater.

At their peak, the White Sox consistently played around .500 baseball. They have a lot more problems than just the starting five, but many of their losses have come from pitching losing control early. The pirates would not hold Quintana for too high a ransom. After all, they contracted him for the very purpose of trading him by the deadline. The beginning pitcher-needy White Sox would be a great match. A trade to bring back an old friend and help the rotation

John Verrall

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