Cubs Land Starting Pitcher in Cross-Town Trade with White Sox

July 14 08:25 2017

In exchange for Quintana, the Cubs sent four prospects to their American League rivals in the Windy City – outfielder Eloy Jimenez, pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete.

Trailing Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games at 43-45, the defending champions shook things up in a big way on Thursday by acquiring Quintana, a 2016 All-Star.

By landing the 2016 All-Star, the Cubs made it clear they’re not giving up on a hard season after arriving at the break two games under.500.

Eddie Butler is the only starter whose ERA comes in under 4, and it’s just barely so at 3.88 through 11 starts.

Yet, we all know how talented this Cubs team is and how quickly they can turn the corner. Both teams will be hoping to start the second part on a better note when they kick off a three-game interleague series at Camden Yards Friday night.

The Cubs’ “core” includes players such as Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ.

Fast forward to Thursday morning, when the White Sox announced they had traded Quintana – for four prospects.

I looked through KatyPerrysBootyHole’s history to see if there were any other big-name trades that got broken, but alas, no. “We did. We own that”. But I think it’s important not to overreact to that. They are 9-4 in their last 13 interleague road games, so ride them in this spot at sports betting sites and throughout this key series. Our goal is to win more.

The move is a major surprise to many who considered a trade between the Chicago teams unlikely. On the other side, the Cubs solved a problem in their starting rotation by adding Quintana, one of the best left-handed starters in the game.

Jose Quintana is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA in 172 major league appearances.

He became a full-time starter in 2013 after a nice rookie 2012, and in his full seasons as a starter from 13′ to previous year, his ERA has been 3.20 at its lowest and 3.51 at its highest, which averages out to 3.35. Even despite the fact that the left-hander has struggled a bit this season, finishing the first half with a 4-8 record and a 4.49 ERA.

Jimenez and Cease were the top two prospects in the Cubs organization and ranked eighth and 63rd on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list, respectively. But Hahn said he, vice president Ken Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wouldn’t let that get in the way of a good deal.

The way the details of the trade broke were certainly unusual but the Cubs are praying it saves their season. Jimenez and Cease are the headliners, and in this case it seems as though the Sox did fairly well in grabbing them. They deserved a world of credit. They did a great contract with Chris Sale, and that helped them get a little bit more in a trade for him.

“The reality is this is a deal we were looking at over the long haul”, Epstein said. With the trades, we’ve acquired some very highly regarded, potentially impact, players. We need to play well coming out of the gates here.

Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for four prospects

Cubs Land Starting Pitcher in Cross-Town Trade with White Sox
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