Is trading for Jose Quintana enough to get Cubs back in playoffs?

Posted July 14, 2017

The White Sox' trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs for prospects made ideal sense for both sides.

The Cubs, who ended the longest championship drought in North American sport past year by winning their first World Series since 1908, will have their starting rotation bolstered by Quintana's arrival.

Jimenez, Rose and Flete have all been assigned to Winston-Salem, who are now in Myrtle Beach for a three-game series. They trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) by 5½ games.

Cease, 21, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (16 ER/51.2 IP) in 13 starts with Single-A South Bend this season. But you also never know how things will shape up for us.

While the trade seemed inevitable with the White Sox looking to acquire younger players as part of a rebuild, it is a tough moment for the fans along with the players to say goodbye to the team's top pitcher.

I was just told that the trade was agreed to this morning. "We own the fact that we had a bad first half. I think the Yankees are in a position where they can aim higher if they wait until the off-season". But let's take a step back and bring some perspective to this deal.

"From our standpoint, it is well known that guys can get promoted or traded at any time", he said.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, have the best odds to win the 2017 World Series heading into the second half. He went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA past year and made his first All-Star team.

Quintana joins a rotation that includes Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, Jake Arrieta, Mike Montgomery and John Lackey (who is on the disabled list). The 28-year old lefty spent his entire Major League Baseball career with the White Sox and sports a career 3.51 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 6.5% walk rate, 20.4% strikeout rate, and a 0.84 home runs per 9 innings ratio. The 28-year-old is also signed through 2020, giving the Cubs more than the typical rental that would only last through the end of this season.

Top-100 prospect Dylan Cease was also included in the deal. The prospects the Cubs gave up could be great in the majors four or so years down the line, but they are trying to win right now.

Hahn said he and Epstein exchanged text messages shortly after the draft. They deserved a world of credit. With the addition of Quintana to the rotation, that possibility is now far more likely. But the deal makes sense given each other's needs.

Sure, now we have Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias because we decided not to buy in, but out current farm does not have that kind of superstar potential. We need to play well coming out of the gates here.

It was only a matter of time before Chicago Cubs exec Theo Epstein got to work on the trade market in an effort to spark his slumping ballclub.