Hot Stove: Here's reportedly what the White Sox want from the Astros for Jose Quintana

On the heels of getting huge returns for both Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, the White Sox are apparently again seeking a big return for one of their quality veterans.

All-Star left-hander Jose Quintana will be 28 next season and is rather cheaply controlled through 2020, so this makes sense:

Joe Musgrove is a 24-year-old right hander. He had a 4.06 ERA in 62 innings last season as a rookie. The former first-round pick has big upside and a very good minor-league track record. A mid-rotation or even a frontline starter seems to be his future, and he might be the least attractive piece mentioned.

Francis Martes is a big-time prospect. The 21-year-old righty had a 3.30 ERA and 131 strikeouts in 125 1/3 Double-A innings last season. He was ranked as a top-20 prospect in baseball by Baseball America last spring.

Kyle Tucker's name might be familiar, because he was the Astros' first-round pick (fifth overall) in 2015 out of high school. The outfielder hit .285/.360/.438 with 25 doubles, seven triples, nine homers and 32 steals in 117 games between Class A and high Class A last season. He's only 19 and likely to be a top-50 prospect this spring.

Quite simply, this would be an immense haul for the White Sox, but it obviously seems like the Astros balked at the cost. Would it be worth Quintana, though?

Prospects bust on occasion. Quintana, again, is only 27. He's worked at least 200 innings in each of the last four seasons. Last year, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 181 strikeouts against 50 walks in 208 innings.

He's only due to make $7 million in 2017 and $8.85 million in 2018, with team options for 2019 ($10.5M) and 2020 ($11.5M). That's a strong No. 2 starter being paid similar to what a fourth starter gets in free agency these days.

The Astros have been aggressive already this offseason, adding Josh Reddick, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran to beef up the offense. The rotation could now use a hand, and Quintana would be a nice fit.

If they did add Quintana, the rotation would look something like this:

  1. Dallas Keuchel, LHP
  2. Quintana, LHP
  3. Collin McHugh, RHP
  4. Lance McCullers, RHP
  5. Mike Fiers, RHP

Charlie Morton would be the injury-replacement fallback option.

Obviously the Astros won't be the only bidder for Quintana. This is definitely a fluid situation, so stay tuned.

CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered every World Series since 2010. The former Indiana University baseball player now lives on the... Full Bio

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