Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the New York Yankees have shown interest in White Sox starter Jose Quintana.
It’s the latest in the White Sox’ ongoing selloff. But it has been nothing approaching a fire sale, as Chicago has restocked its farm system with top talent as a result of earlier trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. White Quintana does not have the reputation Sale has, he’s been one of baseball’s best and most consistent pitchers over the past several years and may be one of the most underrated players in all of baseball.
Quintana posted a 3.20 ERA with 181 strikeouts across 208 innings in 2016. Though it was his first season with double-digit wins, he has put up seasons basically like that one, like clockwork, for all five years of his career. He’s under contract through 2020 on terms that are very friendly to the club. His 2017 salary is $6 million, 2018 salary is $8.5 million and it goes to $10.5 million in 2019 with a club option at the same amount for 2020.
He’s very desirable and the Sox know it. The Yankees, if they want Quintana, will have to give up a great deal of talent to get him. Talent they do have, of course, by virtue of their own trades and minor league system restocking over the past couple of seasons.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.