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2016 Winter Meetings: Jose Quintana trade talk stalls

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Alex Bregman could be the sticking point once again in trade talks.

Tampa Bay Rays v Chicago White Sox Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images

The Houston Astros have been one of the most proactive teams at the Winter Meetings if reports are to be believed. Except the fact the Astros weren’t able to land a big fish like Chris Sale.

But Houston appears to have turned their focus to another Chicago White Sox pitcher — LHP Jose Quintana.

Quintana, 27, an international free agent out of Columbia. He was an All-Star last season, posting a 13-12 record with a 3.20 ERA, 181 strikeouts, 50 walks, and a 1.163 WHIP in 32 games.

But the deal has reached a stalemate when Houston would not deal Alex Bregman — reports the Houston Chronicle’s Jake Kaplan. It will be the second deal with Chicago missed out as a result of Bregman — with Bregman-Francis Martes for Sale deal looking similar to one given out by Boston.

That isn’t to say that keeping Bregman isn’t worthwhile, but it speaks to hope much the Astros value him as part of the team future.

For now, it appears the Astros are willing to wait out the market, but it seems far fetched that Luhnow would stay put before the start of the season.