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MLB rumors: Rockies, White Sox could still make a deal for José Quintana

Your news, notes and links for Friday, December 23.

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8 potential Quintana trade partners for White Sox |

The Chicago White Sox have remade their farm system this offseason by trading Chris Sale to the Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Nationals. It appears that they’re still willing to deal from their cost-controlled core. Phil Rogers of MLBPipeline looks around at different systems to see who could put together a package that would pry José Quintana away, and the Rockies may have the prospect depth to do it.

His proposal seems a little steep—Brendan Rodgers (no. 3 PuRP), Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP), and Tom Murphy (No. 15 PuRP) is a lot to pay for one pitcher, even one under team control for another four years. That being said, if the Rockies part with Rodgers, one of those two, and a pitcher down the PuRPs list, I’m not going to be mad about that.

Edwin Encarnacion signs with Cleveland |

Whatever hope there was for Edwin Encarnacion to sign with the Rockies has been officially dashed, as the slugger agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Indians. The former Blue Jays slugger agreed to a three-year, $65 million deal with an option for a fourth year. Mark Trumbo remains on the market should the Rockies truly be looking to sign a first baseman that isn’t named Ian Desmond.

Rockies finalize 2017 coaching staff | Purple Row

If you missed it yesterday, the Rockies announced who the last few members of their new coaching staff would be. The new staff will include two hitting coaches, which Bryan addresses in his write up, and could mean good things for the team heading forward.