The Cubs acquired Jose Quintana, and gave up some solid prospects in return. "It is always extremely hard to trade a person and player like Jose Quintana", Hahn said in a statement provided by the White Sox after the trade.
The Minnesota Twins now have an idea of what it will cost to acquire a proven pitcher who is under team control for multiple years. So they made a move for the last remaining star of their crosstown rivals, giving up a lot of young talent in Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. They trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) by 5½ games.
The Chicago White Sox head into the second half without their top pitcher. His winning percentage is.481, practically the same winning percentage that the Chicago Cubs have this season. Can Quintana be the piece that puts them over the hump? For 2017, adding in the likes of Arrieta give the Cubs one of te deepest rotations in the game. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has made no secret of his willingness to trade veterans for prospects as part of a long-term rebuilding project.
"We know in our minds what we feel the appropriate package is for Jose Quintana, and we looked at our board and looked at the prospects on that board and you try to crack together deals", Hahn said. Maybe the first half was just practice. But I don't think anybody's really anxious about it.
"This time of year, if you watch for prospects that are out of the lineup or get pulled mid-game for no reason, that probably means something is up", Milovich said. Our goal is to win more.
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The Cubs haven't been great, but Quintana hasn't been stellar as well.
I looked through KatyPerrysBootyHole's history to see if there were any other big-name trades that got broken, but alas, no. (It later emerged that Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein ducked backstage at the All-Star FanFest to talk business.) Well, nearly no leaks.
Quintana established himself as one of the better pitchers, especially lefties, over the years. When he had a 5.60 ERA through May, things weren't going so well. Slotting into the Cubs' rotation takes some of the pressure off of him since he'll slot in behind Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta on the depth chart, and switching over to the National League may benefit him as well since he no longer has to face a designated hitter on a regular basis.
Though Quintana has never posted an ERA higher than his rookie season mark of 3.76, his 4.49 mark at the break stands to easily be the worst of his career. He hit.329 with 14 homers and 81 RBIs for Class A South Bend past year. Quintana comes with a very controllable deal. Adding both Quintana and Gray would help the Cubs make a push down the stretch of the season. They deserved a world of credit.
Jon Lester: Went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA past year, and he can even pick off runners now.