The situation that the Chicago White Sox have been in over the past month is a lot like the position the New York Yankees were in marketing relievers Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller in July: The White Sox have control of the best possible options, a tremendous seller's position.
Chris Sale was far and away the best starting pitcher who will be moved in any deal this winter, and now Jose Quintana becomes the clear second-best option. In dangling Chapman and Miller, the two best relievers available before the trade deadline, the Yankees were able to go through a deliberate, exhaustive process designed to extract the best possible deals. And the White Sox have done the same -- perhaps even more so because they aren’t pushed along by the time constraint of a midseason trade deadline.
The industry perception of the White Sox is that they made a home run trade of Sale, in what they got back from the Boston Red Sox -- highly touted infield prospect Yoan Moncada, pitching prospect Michael Kopech and minor leaguers Luis Alexander Basabe and Victor Diaz. The assumption is they will probably be able to do the same with Quintana, who is under team control for four seasons at a tremendous rate.