The perception of some of Rick Hahn's peers is that he wanted to start rebuilding long ago, perhaps as far back as before the trade deadline in 2015, given the needs of the Chicago White Sox. They sensed that the general manager wanted to take advantage of Chris Sale’s value in the trade market, to retool and rebuild and, most important, get the White Sox out of the dreaded no-man's land -- the place of teams not quite good enough to seriously contend but with enough talent to be mediocre.
Hahn hauled the franchise out of that place this week, with two big trades of impactful veterans that drew compliments from his peers, and the White Sox already are deep into the marketing of the player currently regarded as their most valuable asset: starting pitcher Jose Quintana. The left-hander, who turns 28 in January, has thrown 814 1/3 innings over the last four seasons, with a 3.35 ERA, despite pitching his home games in the hitters' haven that is the White Sox home park.
And through Hahn's work, Quintana has a tremendous team-friendly contract that guarantees him only $15.85 million over the next two years, with club options for 2019 and 2020 at $10.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively.
To sum it up: Quintana is really good with virtually no risk, and at the moment, he is the most coveted pitcher in the market.