Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Cubs acquire LHP Quintana from White Sox

Cubs acquire LHP Quintana from White Sox

However, one has to imagine he'd get a bit of fire in his belly to sharpen up his game if a trade were made that sent him to a contending team.

Entering Friday, the Cubs (43-45) trailed Milwaukee by 5 ½ games in the National League Central. He was in his sixth season with the Sox and was the No. 1 starter for them this season.

Matt Rose is a corner infielder/DH who is only hitting.227 with a.281 OBP in Class A-Advanced right now, but he's shown good power in the past two seasons.

"I think about what could have been", he said, "but there's no ideal formula or equation for success at this level".

The victor for the White Sox could be top prospect Lucas Giolito. The White Sox continue to replenish their now very tasty farm system and the Cubs immediately solidify their starting rotation with an outstanding left-hander. In his previous 17 outings, he possesses a career record of 5-6 with a 4.51 ERA.

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Adding Quintana certainly will help.

This season, Cubs starting pitching has a 4.66 ERA after having one of the top staffs a year ago. Quintana has struggle some this year, but the Cubs are a better fielding team than the White Sox and being in a pennant race should sharpen his focus.

The trade market has already begun in advance of the deadline at the end of the month, with the Cubs and White Sox swinging the first major trade.

Eloy Jimenez is MLB Pipeline's number 8th ranked prospect on their Top 100 list while Dylan Cease is 63rd. The White Sox have spent a better part of a year stockpiling prospects. Epstein and White Sox GM Rick Hahn were able to iron out a deal the worked for both sides without too many other partners driving up the price.

Jimenez was the Cubs top hitting prospect, batting.271 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs at high-A and Cease was the team's top pitching prospect, who was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in Single-A. But, if we're going to be playing the devil's advocate, here are some of the issues the Cubs have had so far.

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Jake Arrieta: Won the NL Cy Young in 2015 and led the Majors in hits per nine previous year.

April and May were hard for Quintana, but in five starts during June his ERA was 1.78. Quintana is a solid starter, but he's no MVP candidate like the "Bringer of Rain". David Price, with a career 14-11 record in 37 games against NY, starts the nightcap for first-place Boston against Masahiro Tanaka.

With the White Sox's eyes clearly on the future instead of the present, it makes all the sense in the world to get Jimenez back as the main piece in dealing Quintana.

Can the Seattle Mariners get a good performance from their ace and pick up a road win over the Chicago White Sox when these two teams meet tonight at 7:10PM ET?

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