Defending champion Cubs trade for pitcher Quintana
Defending champion Cubs trade for pitcher Quintana
16 July, 2017, 05:28
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox sprang an all-Chicago blockbuster trade on an unsuspecting baseball world Thursday morning as the White Sox sent top starter Jose Quintana to the Cubs for a package of prospects including prized minor-league outfielder Eloy Jimenez.
The way the details of the trade broke were certainly unusual but the Cubs are praying it saves their season.
The Cubs have spotted the surprising Milwaukee Brewers a 5.5-game lead in the NL Central division. They are even further back in the wild card standings. "The Cubs and Joe Maddon have a really good pitcher over there now". Jake Arrieta will be a free agent at season's end, while Kyle Hendricks will be eligible for arbitration. "You never know when they'll be promoted or traded". Feinsand reported that Sonny Gray posted a 1.71 ERA over his final three starts of the first half of the season.
Losing out on guys like Jimenez and Cease is hard for any organization, but the Cubs are loaded with young talent now.
This pairing could very well be what the Cubs and Quintana need to right their respective ships in 2017. Many are. The Cubs and White Sox did what?!
This is pretty simple on their part. Although Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are lower ranked prospects, the White Sox have successfully dealt Quintana on their terms.
Last season, the Cubs traded top prospect Gleyber Torres to the New York Yankees, allowing them to bolster their bullpen by acquiring Aroldis Chapman. Now, they have seven guys in the top 100 and three in the top 11. It's not that they can't, it's that they could conceivably choose not to, especially with Quintana in the fold through 2020.
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How they should proceed is perhaps the hottest topic in Blue Jays' news these days, and there's been endless debate about what the team should do with two other veterans who only have 2018 left on their contracts.
To put their season in better perspective, the Cubs are the first team to ever win a World Series and not be represented in the All-Star game, showing just how much the team fell off this year. As it stands, the worst that could happen is that he could stick as a late inning reliever.
Flete, Jimenez and Rose may be eligible to play Thursday night for the Winston-Salem Dash, the White Sox's High-A affiliate, when the club takes on the Pelicans in the second of a four-game set. Jimenez has been playing in the Carolina League with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
The team selected Rodon with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft and he has already made 54 career stars, but was sidelined with injuries to begin the year. The Cubs are seventh in the big leagues with a.694 rating.
Now, who would have thought that he'd still be wearing a White Sox uniform in July? "It's about down the road a little bit also", Cubs manager Joe Maddon said.
Things are looking up in the Windy City. The pitching factor over multiple seasons comes out to 97.
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