The Pirates have had talks with Ivan Nova, as well

The Pirates have worked hard to try to make a trade for Jose Quintana work, with the attraction obvious: He¡¯s an excellent pitcher with a contract that would be perfect for small-budget Pittsburgh. Including team options, Quintana is under team control for the next four years, for $36.6 million.

Dave Cameron addresses the question of whether the Astros need to trade for Quintana.

The conversations between the White Sox and Yankees about Quintana took place weeks ago, at the same time the White Sox were beginning to have serious discussions about Chris Sale.

The Pirates have had talks with Ivan Nova, as well.
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Also of note, ESPN’s Keith Law ranked the Giants as having one of the worst farm systems in the majors earlier this year, and that was before they dealt prospects to land Matt Moore and Will Smith at the trade deadline.

Authentic Kids Brice McCain Jersey Dozier is coming off a breakout season in which he hit a career-high .268, slugged 42 homers — an AL record for a second baseman — and drove in 99 runs. To further enhance his value, the 29-year-old is under contract for the next two seasons at $15 million total.

Dozier has experience in the majors at second base and shortstop, two positions the Giants are currently set at with Panik and fellow Gold Glove winner Brandon Crawford. Perhaps Dozier would be a fit for San Francisco if he was willing to play third base, an idea broached by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com earlier this week.

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