Latest Update (Mar. 9)
9:45AM: The White Sox have had a scout evaluating talent at the Yankees' exhibition games this spring, leading many in the industry to believe that Chicago has targeted the Yankees as a possible trade partner if they decide to move starting LHP Jose Quintana, according to George A. King of the New York Post.
King adds that the Yankees are unwilling to trade Gary Sanchez, Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres, Justus Sheffield, or Aaron Judge, which could take them out of the mix for Quintana.
I suggested during the offseason that if the Yankees were to look into the trade market for a starting pitcher, they needed to focus on someone that had at least No. 2 starter-type quality production and specifically mentioned Quintana as an option.
The Yankees lack a No. 2 behind Masahiro Tanaka, and Quintana can slot straight into the role. Far more important for the Yankees where it concerns trading the quality and quantity of prospects it would take to land Quintana, is his age (28 next season), cost ($35.6 million) and the number of years of control still ahead (four, which includes two option years).
Quintana would be spending his prime seasons in New York when the club truly expects to jump to the front of the pack. The question of the package of prospects it would take to consummate a deal remains.
Surely, the price has not come down for the White Sox, but the Yankees have provided a peak at some of the organization's deep talent base during spring training. The White Sox likely still want at least one of the Yankees' top prospects - think Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier - however, they might have become interested in others not necessarily on their list when the teams had discussions in the offseason.
In my opinion, for the Yankees to remain active in discussions, the White Sox will have come off of the notion they will get the same level deal for Quintana as they managed for Chris Sale.
Previous Reports (Jan. 4)
5:30PM: The Yankees are unlikely to acquire LHP Jose Quintana, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Rosenthal notes that the Yankees are less willing than other interested teams to give up their top prospects to land Quintana.
(Dec. 27): The Yankees' trade talks with the White Sox regarding Quintana have been expanded to include RHP David Robertson, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today, however MLB.com's Case Kruth said discussions are not serious.
The addition of Robertson would only happen if the White Sox absorbed part of his contract, according to Nightengale.
The 31-year-old Robertson, who pitched for the Yankees from 2008 to 2014, will earn $12 million in 2017 and $13 million in 2018, after which he is eligible for free agency.
He had a 3.47 ERA and 1.36 WHIP while striking out 75 batters in 62 1/3 innings (62 appearances) last season.
The Yankees have interest in trading for Quintana, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports recently reported, however New York is unwilling to deal prospects Gleyber Torres or Clint Frazier to acquire him, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
Quintana, 27, had a 3.20 ERA and 1.16 WHIP while striking out 181 batters in 208 innings (32 starts) last season.
Quintana is under contract through 2020. He'll earn $7 million this coming season, followed by $8.85 million in 2018, and $10.5 million in both 2019 and 2020.