Chicago Cubs Strengthen Rotation Through Trade for Jose Quintana

Chicago Cubs Strengthen Rotation Through Trade for Jose Quintana

Going back to the Cubs-White Sox trade for a moment, that's where I'm finally getting to with my point.

At 43-45, the Cubs share second-place in the National League Central division with St. Louis, both 5 1/2 games behind pace-setter Milwaukee.

This year, though, he is just 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts, although he has struck out 109 in 104 1/3 innings. He got off to a slow start this season, but he was 2-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his last five appearances with the White Sox. While King Felix had a good start against Oakland, I am not sure that means he is back to his old form. Jose Quintana was traded to the Cubs for a nice package of prospects. So now teams will have to consider really cutting their farm system in order to get that piece they need for a run. So far this season in Class A, he's pitching to a 2.79 ERA and has struck out a whopping 74 hitters in 51 2/3 innings.

Quintana helps now and for the future. For the Yankees, Aaron Judge returns from his dominant All-Star Home Run Derby championship with a chance at an AL MVP/Rookie of the Year sweep. Just like his new teammates, the left-hander has struggled this year.

The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before.

This marks the first time the two Chicago ball clubs made a deal since November of 2006, when the White Sox traded pitcher Neal Cotts to the Cubs in exchange for pitchers David Aardsma and Carlos Vazquez. Perhaps. It was a steep price for Epstein to pay to acquire him from the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but this was a deal worth making on multiple fronts. And you have two more players in that deal who could possibly be role guys on the White Sox.

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In giving up Jimenez and Cease, the Cubs paid dearly, just as they did previous year when they sent prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees to get closer Aroldis Chapman.

Bryant Flete is playing well at high A this year, but he has already been in the minors for almost six years. New Comiskey has almost identical marks for one season and multiple seasons.

In 2001, the New York Mets traded two-time All-Star and six-time gold glove victor Robin Ventura, of grand-slam single fame, to the New York Yankees for former Rookie of the Year and three-time All-Star David Justice.

Quintana, who ranked among American League leaders in strikeouts and starts, is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA and 890 strikeouts in 172 career major league games.

Lester stressed the importance of the Cubs maximizing Quintana's talent toward achieving another World Series title at the high cost of giving up prospects.

As for how the Pelicans may fare with three of their top contributors now elsewhere, Milovich best describes that as a mixed bag.

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