MLB Rumors: With Jose Quintana, Chicago Cubs Out of Excuses

Sandy Mccarthy
July 16, 2017

The Cubs tanked multiple seasons to build a championship roster and their management team won't settle for one-and-done success after all that suffering. The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are reportedly interested in acquiring him, but the asking price may be too steep even for them.

The Cubs have played inconsistent baseball throughout 2017. Adding Quintana, especially during a low season for him, is about dominating the next few years, not just making a comeback in 2017.

The good news is that I don't think Theo Epstein & Co. believes that it does, either. "It's hard to create edginess under those circumstances". 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. The hitting really has been puzzling to Maddon and anyone who follows the Cubs.

The Chicago Cubs will need a strong second half of the season to catch and pass the Milwaukee Brewers.

I was just told that the trade was agreed to this morning. For his major-league career, all with the Sox since 2012, he is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.

Closer Wade Davis has been ideal so far, converting all 16 save opportunities. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in games he's started.

On that note, the White Sox will receive four players in return, including the Cubs' top two prospects in their minor league system in Eloy Jimenez (the #5 prospect in baseball), and right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease.

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To this point in the season, Gray has a 4-4 record with a 4.00 ERA, 74 strikeouts and 25 walks in 13 starts.

"[It's a] fresh start and I just want to do my job and make the playoffs", Cubs newly acquired pitcher said Friday.

Quintana is under contract through 2020, so he should be a nice long-term asset for the Cubs as they look at life beyond Lester, Lackey and possible impending free agent Jake Arrieta.

Jon Lester: Went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA previous year, and he can even pick off runners now. Along with Cease, the South Siders get two lottery tickets in 18-year-old pitcher Jose Albertos and third baseman Vimael Machin.

Arrieta allowed one run on four hits in seven innings in August 24, 2014, in his only start against the Orioles at Wrigley Field. Gausman has been inconsistent in a season where Baltimore needed him to step up. The one concern for Gray as Olney reported, is his injury history, as he began this season on the disabled list with a lat muscle injury. "We feel this package of prospects we received today was far and away the best offer, the best possibility, that we've discussed with any club since we started this process roughly a year ago or so".

Trey Mancini also gave the Orioles a boost.

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