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Friday, 19 May 2017 16:30

Apparently The Red Sox Are Scouting Jose Quintana and Other White Sox Players

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Only a few days after I wrote a piece about how Dave Dombrowski would be out wheeling and dealing for the Red Sox again, we have our first rumblings of something brewing. According to Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago, the Red Sox and Washington Nationals have been scouting White Sox ace Jose Quintana and “other White Sox players” recently.

Levine also suggests that the Red Sox are probably scouting White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier, due to the fact that they’ve had quite a bit of trouble with that position so far this season. As these rumors gain traction and buzz around the Internet, I have one thing to say. Don’t do it Dave. Please.

It’s not that I don’t like Quintana, it’s just that I don’t think he’s the guy for the Red Sox. The White Sox will be looking for a major haul in return for him and although I think he’s a good pitcher, I don’t think he’s worth that. I concede that it will be tough to move prospects for anyone right now considering that our farm system is very close to being a barren wasteland, but in the right deal I would do it. This just is not the right deal.

To give up Rafael Devers, Sam Travis or Jay Groome for a guy who isn’t even pitching all that well would be crazy. I know that his larger track record is pretty good, but it isn’t overwhelming by any means. At this point, the only guys I’m giving up top prospects for are game-changers and there may not be any on the market. Otherwise, we’re going to need to be talking about guys like Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart, Henry Owens or maybe even Jackie Bradley Jr.

When it comes to the notion that the Sox might trade for Frazier, I say no emphatically. Under no circumstances should Boston give up anything to get a guy who isn’t going to give you much more than Sandoval. Frazier is only a halfway decent fielder and has had great power numbers in the past, but he’s struggling this year and it would be a huge mistake to try to get him for anything but a bag of baseballs.

Don’t get me wrong, I want the Red Sox to make upgrades, but I want to them to be made smartly. Don’t overreact and overpay for another lefty who isn’t even performing all that well and definitely don’t try to sell me on Todd Frazier. I’d rather they go for a lower level pitcher with a reasonable price tag and maybe continue to try to patch things together at third. Also, I don’t exactly want to give the White Sox all of our prospects only to see them all grow up and become a super team that we have to deal with later. 

Jake Archer

Jake is a contributor to the CLNS Red Sox beat team. He is passionate about baseball, basketball, football and golf, but can get interested in almost anything competitive. Jake has a lot of strong opinions and will share them through his writing and podcasting. You can also follow him on Twitter @jarcher04 but please be advised, his takes can get hot.