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Cubs go all-in on dynasty with Jose Quintana blockbuster

16 Julio 2017, 05:39 | Cornelio Vivanco

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. For Chicago, right-hander James Shields (2-1, 4.95 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season.

The Cubs also sent minor leaguers Matt Rose, a first baseman, and Bryant Flete, an infielder, to the Sox. And with the trades of Sale, Eaton, and now Quintana, the Sox inherited 9 top 100 prospects and 3 in the top 15.

If the Brewers really wanted to ante up, they could compile a package with a couple of their young outfielders and some arms and take a shot at landing the other big fish that's definitely on the market in Sonny Gray. The Royals are in danger of losing a number of their core players to free agency as the contracts end for the likes of Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas following this season.

The Cubs haven't been great, but Quintana hasn't been stellar as well.

The Chicago Cubs appear to be willing to pull out all the stops in hopes of repeating as World Series champions.

Chicago received Quintana in return, a 28-year-old lefty with a solid track record.

On Thursday, the Cubs and the White Sox made a trade for the first time since November 2006, when the Sox shipped left-handed reliever Neal Cotts north in exchange for David Ardsma and Minor League pitcher Carlos Vasquez.

Prospects always carry an inherent element of risk, of course, but on paper this is a very good haul for the White Sox (Jimenez and Cease were the only two Cubs prospects on that BA list, btw). But this year the Cubs defense has been a bit off themselves and actually have 6 fewer errors than the White Sox. Jimenez is only 20 and has a.271/.351/.490 slash line in High-A with six doubles, two triples and eight homers in 42 games. He has a career 3.51 ERA - all achieved in the hitter-friendly American League. 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. "A lot of it will depend on how we play".

Meanwhile, the Orioles are 41-14 in their last 55 interleague home games, and 2-5 in their last seven overall.

Coming off of the DL in the future and already amidst a poor season, you have to think that the expectation on Quintana is to be an improvement over Lackey for the balance of the season.

About 13 hours after KatyPerrysBootyHole had passed along wetbutt23's information, the deal was announced: Quintana for four prospects. Going into the All-Star break below.500 in a bad division despite relatively good team health, THAT created the urgency.

Bryant Flete is playing well at high A this year, but he has already been in the minors for almost six years.

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