They are even further back in the wild card standings. So, this was more about the next three seasons than it was about this season.
Quintana is also looking to put a hard first half of the season behind him. Quintana's North Side debut will undoubtedly be much anticipated.
But while acquiring the 28-year-old southpaw from the White Sox does help the Cubs both now and in the future, it alone doesn't solve all of the ills impacting the 2016 World Champions, both now or in the future. "They showed the highest level of aggressiveness and willingness to part with premium talent in Jimenez and Cease".
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White Sox pitchers Derek Holland and Carlos Rodon posted a hysterical tribute to Quintana with a clubhouse video set to the tune of Boyz II Men's It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. But this year the Cubs defense has been a bit off themselves and actually have 6 fewer errors than the White Sox. Before the trade, they had MLB Pipeline's top prospect in the game with Yoan Moncada. Now, they have seven guys in the top 100 and three in the top 11. Quintana comes with a very controllable deal.
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The Cubs won the World Series with Chapman closing in 2016, so they can be forgiven for splurging and giving up a guy who now ranks as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect. "It ended up being a surprising dance partner for us, but I think a great baseball trade".
The White Sox also received Single-A level infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to complete the return package. But coming into the season he had never had a year with an ERA over 3.76 - this despite playing in the bandbox-like Guaranteed Rate Field and while pitching in the American League. Flete has been in the system since 2012 and is really performing well in advanced A. At 24, he should be in at least AA, but he couldn't hack it there with the bat.
He's probably the Cubs' best starter at this point, though you won't see an official acknowledgment of that by the team, not with veterans Lester and Arrieta mostly sharing that nod. From the way the starting rotation has played this season, it's obvious the team could use another arm. The Cubs are seventh in the big leagues with a.694 rating. Jimenez is the key piece for the White Sox.
The remaining control left on Quintana's contract will also help the Cubs deal with the expected departures of Arrieta and John Lackey this offseason. We make sure we have multiple looks and a high level of comfort with anyone before we put any specific proposals out there.