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It's no surprise that White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana is drawing interest from multiple clubs. The New York Yankees are reportedly one of them, an intriguing possibility considering their loaded farm system.

But so too are the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to ESPN's Buster Olney, who reported this week that the Bucs are trying to pull off a deal for the All-Star lefty.

Much like the Yankees, the Pirates have a number of players ranked among baseball's top prospects, which should make them an appealing trade partner for a White Sox team trying to load up on young talent like they did in trades with the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals.

The Pirates have two of the top-10 prospects in baseball, per MLB.com's rankings: pitcher Tyler Glasnow (No. 8) and outfielder Austin Meadows (No. 9). First baseman Josh Bell is ranked 20th, and he logged 45 games with the big league club last season. Shortstop Kevin Newman (No. 42) and pitcher Mitch Keller (No. 72) are also ranked in the top 100.

Quintana, just 27 years old and on a team-friendly contract, would figure to fetch a big return. And with Rick Hahn already sending Chris Sale to the Red Sox and Adam Eaton to the Nationals this offseason in a pair of deals that gave the White Sox two of the three top prospects in baseball — infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Lucas Giolito — it wouldn't be a surprise to see the general manager try to further bolster the farm system.