Is Jose Quintana the savior the Cubs need to pull them up from below.500?
While Hahn was negotiating with Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein, the trade for pitcher Jose Quintana came together extremely quietly, and the White Sox leader went to awesome lengths to make that happen. Giving up big time prospects isn't usually a good idea, and Epstein gave up two huge ones in exchange for Quintana. Age is definitely a factor in the Cubs starting corps, and adding Quintana is a step in the other direction. They'll start the second half of the season 5 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
As ESPN's Keith Law wrote, "Quintana is under team control through 2020 - including club options for the last two years - at what appears to be a maximum of $30.35 million for the next three seasons if the Cubs pick up both options". He's 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.32 WHIP this season but has been much better lately, allowing three or fewer earned runs in his past seven starts and posting a 1.78 ERA in five starts in June.
To put things in perspective, Quintana had as many quality starts last season (23) as Chris Sale, and more than guys like Noah Syndergaard and David Price.
Jose Quintana comes to the Cubs in the midst of the worst season of his six-year career. In Jimenez, the White Sox are getting Baseball America's top outfield prospect and the number one outfielder. Cease is yet another power arm who consistently hits the upper 90-mph mark, and he joins a stable of prospects such as Michael Kopech and Lucas Giolito who give the White Sox a decent chance to develop a dominant rotation. This shows the different positions the two teams are in now and they are polar opposites.
The Cubs will add Qunitana to a starting rotation that already includes mainstays Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, John Lackey and Kyle Hendricks, who is expected to return from injury shortly after the All-Star break.
The other piece of the trade, Cease was 1-2 in Low-A South Bend this season, with a 2.79 ERA.
In a league full of rebuilders, many of them with greater financial resources, the White Sox didn't just need to build a strong farm system - they need to construct the best young core of talent in the game.
The Quintana deal helps the Cubs for 2017 and for the longer term.
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cubs are now 9/1 to win the 2017 World Series following the trade acquisition of Quintana on Thursday. With the trades, we've acquired some very highly regarded, potentially impact, players.