Cubs Make Blockbuster Trade With White Sox For P Jose Quintana

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Eloy Jimenez is MLB Pipeline's number 8th ranked prospect on their Top 100 list while Dylan Cease is 63rd.

The Cubs haven't exactly played like contenders to this point in the 2017 campaign. Their production has just taken a hit. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend. He was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts for the White Sox this year.

It's easy to make changes when injuries knock a guy out of the rotation long-term, or if a less-than-established youngster/journeyman has a couple of rough outings.

Having traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton last offseason, the White Sox are clearly in rebuild mode. You don't just dump those pieces out of a rotation easily.

Rather than spend key assets on rental help, the Cardinals must look for longer-term upgrades to reshape the lineup and fill those gaping holes in the middle of the batting order. His K/9 ratio is at its highest of his career at 9.4, but also his BB/9 ratio is the highest a 3.5.

April and May were hard for Quintana, but in five starts during June his ERA was 1.78.

It was undoubtedly a hefty price to pay, but Quintana is a flawless fit for this team.

Other teams were reportedly interested in Quintana, but Hahn said the Cub deal was by far the most attractive offer they received for their starter.

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Entering Friday, the Cubs (43-45) trailed Milwaukee by 5 ½ games in the National League Central.

Something else to keep in mind.

Coming off of the DL in the future and already amidst a poor season, you have to think that the expectation on Quintana is to be an improvement over Lackey for the balance of the season.

Another thing to consider: This probably signals the end of Arrieta's time with the Cubs.

Quintana is one of just six pitchers who have thrown at least 200 innings each of the past four years.

By trading for Quintana, they brought in an elite starter who is under club control through 2020. However, one has to imagine he'd get a bit of fire in his belly to sharpen up his game if a trade were made that sent him to a contending team. But the Quintana deal is a mess. So overall, the defense should improve behind Quintana which means he should approach his FIP numbers (4.01) and have a better chance of adding some wins for the first time in his career (50-54). "So there is zero issue doing a deal with the Cubs or any of the other 28 teams after them". Remember, he traded superstars Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez in separate deals when he was calling the shots in Boston.

"When you look at Jose's track record, he's as consistent as they get", Rizzo said, "one of the most underrated left-handers in all of baseball".

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