Dec. 07, 2016
Washington Nationals Trade Rumors: Jose Quintana, David Robertson
The Washington Nationals lost out on Chris Sale and are now attempting to steal Wade Davis away from the Chicago Cubs. If neither of those work, they have another choice: make a different deal with the Chicago White Sox.
Just about everyone on the White Sox is for sale including two pitchers, one of whom the Nationals are rumored to have a lot of interest in. Starting pitcher Jose Quintana appears to be a great alternative to Sale while closer David Robertson is a little more attainable than Davis is from the Kansas City Royals.
The asking price for Quintana has been quite high since trade rumors involving his name began last summer. However, now that Sale has been dealt, we get a clearer picture of what the White Sox may value Quintana at as the asking price for him will be a little less than what they got for Sale.
In Robertson’s case, he is far less expensive in terms of prospects. The Nationals could get away with acquiring him without dealing Lucas Giolito or Victor Robles although I imagine the White Sox will first balk at them if neither’s name comes up. The downside to having so many great prospects is teams will go elsewhere if they aren’t getting the best deal possible. In any trade the Nationals make, the best deal they can offer includes Giolito or Robles.
With the way the Nationals have been pushing to get a big name pitcher added to the rotation, I do think the possibility of Quintana suiting up for Washington next year is quite high. Interest in Robertson is non-existent to the public, but it must be something they’ve at least considered given the fire sale status of the Southsiders. Landing both probably won’t happen for the Nationals as the more realistic scenario is they get themselves a new center fielder and either a starting pitcher or closer.