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Cubs land White Sox's Quintana in blockbuster deal

16 Juillet 2017

Chicago would be lucky to have him in the rotation, although they can not afford to overpay for him.

Second, the starting pitching market is a mess.

"Jose Quintana is probably more valuable to us at this moment in time than he is the White Sox", said Theo Epstein, standing president of the Chicago Cubs.

That's right. Step aside national baseball reporters.

In some ways, it looks like Chicago added a player that may not make that huge of a difference. Quintana still possesses great strikeout potential and will have a better offense backing him, which should help his win total.

When the Cubs traded Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija to the Athletics, Addison Russell was the corner piece of that deal.

With ZiPS projecting every Cubs starter, including Quintana, to perform closer to their established norms, this is the kind of rotation that can match up with any in baseball - including the Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers and Corey Kluber-fronted Indians. He's also under team control through next season, when he'd then become a free agent.

"We're certainly not looking to sell low on members of our core, and we hope to keep it intact, if possible, to win more World Series with this group", he said. "He's just about a flawless fit for us". The World Series champs just have not been able to put it all together like they did so easily a year ago - and manager Joe Maddon knows it.

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. He was in his sixth season with the Sox and was the No. 1 starter for them this season.

"He may have had a rough time coming off the WBC [World Baseball Classic], when he almost threw a no-hitter for five innings", the scout said. The Orioles began the second half of the season in the wrong way with their pitching digging an early hole that proved to be too deep. "He's been good. He'll be fine". And after being pushed to the limit before finally ending the most infamous title drought in sports history followed by a short and hectic offseason, the Cubs have looked spent all season. Jose Quintana will be staying the Windy City and moving after the Cubs sent a rich prospect package which included Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, their top two minor leaguers.

"The deal had zero percent chance of happening without Cease in it", Epstein said. "I'm proud of both organizations for prioritizing the baseball components of the deal and making this happen".

But which would you prefer to have if you were a GM starting a team: The bolstered Cubs rotation or the White Sox dream cache of youth? "We own the fact that we had a bad first half".

Cubs land White Sox's Quintana in blockbuster deal