Quintana got off to a slow start in 2017 with an ERA of 5.22 in April and 5.91 in May before looking like his usual self in June with a 1.78 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 30.1 innings. Going into the All-Star Break, the Cubs find themselves with a below.500 record and 5.5 games out of first place in the NL Central. He was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts for the White Sox this year.
Of course, the White Sox are probably out of it for this year, but with all those players in the farm for the Pale Hose, they could be back in contention by next season with Moncada, Giolito, Fulmer, etc. Although Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are lower ranked prospects, the White Sox have successfully dealt Quintana on their terms.
The good news is that I don't think Theo Epstein & Co. believes that it does, either.
The victor for the White Sox could be top prospect Lucas Giolito.
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.More news: Daenerys on 'Game of Thrones': A Storyline Recap of Season 6
Acquiring Sonny Gray, for the Cubs, will certainly add depth to their rotation in the next few years since John Lackey is on his way out at age 38. This year, the Cubs were expected to repeat as champs and had the Major League Baseball lines for the season.
Jimenez made headlines last month after he hit part of a light tower during the High-A home run derby, and was almost the MVP of the 2016 All-Star Futures game as he wowed fans and scouts both on offense and defense. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics. If you prefer to take the White Sox's side, let's dive in. And you have two more players in that deal who could possibly be role guys on the White Sox. In 42 games with Myrtle Beach, he hit.271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs, with 23 runs scored. Hahn said it was hard to part ways with Quintana, who emerged as a quiet leader in recent seasons and inherited the role of team ace after left-hander Chris Sale was shipped to the Boston Red Sox.
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. Not a bad start, but hopefully he can fare better this time around. But the Quintana deal is a mess.