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Trade for Jose Quintana

Sep 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) throws a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants just signed one former White Sox pitcher this offseason, why not add another via trade? Despite a weak 2015 season for the White Sox, Jose Quintana had a strong year. Look past the nine wins he accumulated, he had a low 3.34 ERA and threw over 200 innings (206) as a number three starter.

While he does put the ball in play quite frequently, he had one of baseball’s worst defenses behind him in 2015 and pitched in one of the most hitter friendly divisions — the American League central.

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  • Why Quintana would be great in San Francisco is the fact the Giants are just looking for middle of the rotation help, and guys who can eat up innings. Plus, he comes at a cheaper cost than what Mike Leake will receive in a contract this offseason.

    The Giants have an abundance of minor league pitchers, but not enough slots. They could look to part with Ty Blach, Chris Heston, Chris Stratton, and Kyle Crick. But it appears the White Sox may want some offense in return if they were to part with Quintana.

    San Francisco could offer Belt or Christian Arroyo, depending on whether the White Sox want MLB ready talent or prospects. In attempted trades for Shelby Miller and Carrasco, they were wanting MLB-ready middle infielder bats. It would stand to reason that the White Sox would have a similar piece.

    Quintana’s skill set almost made him a number two starter last year given Samardzija’s struggles. With number two talent and not attached to a huge financial burden, it might be worth sacrificing some players to get a middle of the rotation arm who can eat up innings and help a Giants rotation that was desperate for guys going deep in games.

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