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White Sox Notes: Astros Out on Quintana, Yankees Expanding Talks

CHICAGO- Fresh off of the holiday weekend the Jose Quintana, White Sox rumor mill has resurfaced on Tuesday, with multiple different outlets providing some conflicting views.

The morning started with Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, reporting that the New York  Yankees “have expanded their Jose Quintana talks with [the] White Sox that would include closer David Robertson, if the White Sox ate some of the contract”.

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Nightengale also added this morning, that the Yankees and the Pirates are currently the most aggressive in talks with the White Sox in regards to Quintana, and did in fact discuss the three team trade that surfaced last Friday.

Nightengale also said this morning on MLB Network Radio that the Houston Astros pursuit of Quintana is currently “shut down”.  The last report out of the Chicago and Houston talks for Quintana had the White Sox asking for a package of Kyle Tucker, Francis Martes, and Joe Musgrove in return.

The Astros at this point seem unwilling to meet the demands of the White Sox, and look like they will miss out on both Chris Sale and Jose Quintana this winter.

To add to the confusion this morning, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees and White Sox were not currently working on a deal involving Quintana and Robertson, and that the Yankees are not willing to add any significant money to their payroll unless they are able to move Brett Gardner or Chase Headley.

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So, in a matter of roughly eight hours today, we have reports that the Yankees and White Sox are working on a deal involving Jose Quintana and David Robertson heading to New York for unnamed prospects, followed by a report that the Astros are “done” with their pursuit of Quintana, and then finally a contradicting report that the Yankees and White Sox are discussing no such deal at this time.

Last week it was reported that the Yankees would not be interested in sending the package of prospects that the White Sox requested, back to Chicago in exchange for just Quintana. The White Sox asked for, and were promptly denied, Yankees top-prospect Clint Frazier among others.

Take today’s reports for whatever you would like, personally I think that Joel Sherman would have a solid insight to what the Yankees are up to, and I also think that Bob Nightengale is particularly cozy with the White Sox front office as well. While Sherman may be correct, that there is no current talks between the two clubs in regards to Quintana and Robertson, generally when Nightengale reports White Sox information, there’s smoke of some sort behind it, even if we can’t see where the fire is coming from.

We saw the White Sox front office use Nightengale to report the Nationals rumblings earlier this month at the MLB Winter Meetings, and the next morning the Red Sox gave in to the White Sox demands and gave them the package that they wanted for Chris Sale. This could very well be the White Sox trying to leverage the Pirates into sweetening their offer for Quintana sooner, rather than later.

Stay tuned for the latest White Sox hot stove updates, and if you’re keeping score at home, Jose Quintana is still a member of the Chicago White Sox….for now.

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