Boston Red Sox Rumor: Team Reportedly Scouting White Sox Pitcher Jose Quintana And Other Players Recently
There is a Boston Red Sox rumor that is starting to gain traction and it is in relation to getting more starting pitching depth at the major league level.
The Nationals and Red Sox have had some of their top talent evaluators watching Quintana and other White Sox players recently. The Red Sox figure to be evaluating Frazier too, as they’re used five players at third base this season. Despite a subpar season, Frazier could provide stability for a team.
Quintana has made 8 starts this season, and he’s got an ERA of 4.38, a 4.22 FIP, and a 1.42 WHIP. Not great, but, over the last four seasons he has been averaging 204 innings with a 3.35 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Quintana would take a fairly big name prospect. For example it would be a Rafael Devers, Jason Groome, or Sam Travis. Given the pillaging that has been going on in the farm system this is not something the Boston Red Sox should be doing.
The other player Levine could be talking about might be third basemen Todd Frazier. Frazier is hitting .187, .609 OPS, with 6 doubles and 3 home runs. That is a Pablo Sandoval type of stat line, in face Sandoval could product more than that, so why bother?
Since the start of the 2016 season to now, the Boston Red Sox have the worst offensive production by OPS in the entire league with .238 with a .668 OPS at the third base position. During that same time frame Frazier hit .220 with a .742 OPS, his OPS was elevated due to a career high 40 home runs last season. That further supports the notion that Frazier is not a real option for Boston.
Dave Dombrowski has already raided the cookie jar that is the Red Sox farm system, further trade of prospects could be detrimental to the long-term success of the organization. I would support a Quintana trade if it meant moving Blake Swihart or Christian Vasquez, potentially even a mid tier prospect who hasn’t panned out like Henry Owens, Brian Johnson, or Trey Ball.
They may need a third base option with all the injuries and lack of production, but they are actually better off waiting for Devers to make the leap to the majors sometime next season and play out the rest of the season with Sandoval when he returns from injury.