New York also has the elite prospect haul to make a deal for Quintana work out with the rebuilding White Sox.
"I heard a lot of rumors, but rumors are rumors, and I don't pay attention to that," said Quintana, who has expressed a desire to stay in Chicago. "I hear about a lot of things, but if you are a player, you don't have control about that.
"I'm focusing on doing my thing and going to the mound to do my job. I don't like to talk about that. I have the same answer every time. I don't have control. I focus on helping my team and my teammates. That's baseball. It is what it is."
Amid a great start by the White Sox staff, their ace has struggled with a 0-3 mark and 6.75 ERA. Quintana has walked nine and allowed four home runs over 17 1/3 innings, but doesn't think the myriad trade rumors have anything to do with his struggles.
"Now I have my mind on doing a better job to help my team," Quintana said. "I know I have a lot of responsibility, but I try not to put that on my shoulders. I don't want any pressure for me. I just do my thing and do a better job.
"That happens sometimes, and I learned from the last two starts. I watched a couple of videos, and it was a couple of bad locations. That's going to happen sometimes, so I just try to get better."
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.