Team president Theo Epstein was clear as day about why he gave up his top pitching and hitting prospects to acquire lefty Jose Quintana from the White Sox on Thursday. The Cubs also sent infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose. Entering the second half, the Cubs stand at 43-45 and 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. His winning percentage is.481, practically the same winning percentage that the Chicago Cubs have this season.
Arrieta struggled at the start of the season, but seems to be rounding into form. "We know we can do better". Quintana is under contract through 2020, earning $8.85 million, $10.5 million and $11.5 million in 2018-20.
The Cubs haven't exactly played like contenders to this point in the 2017 campaign.
"Any deal we make is about maximizing the future of the White Sox", Hahn said.
If the Cubs can get the version of Gray that broke out in 2015, they would immediately have a deadly rotation once again. But I don't think anybody's really anxious about it. Garland would end up being one of the Sox's history-making starters in the team's run to the 2005 World Series title.
Overall I think this is a win for the White Sox more than the Cubs.
As the MLB All Star break comes to a close and the league's haves and have nots determine whether they'll be buyers or sellers in the trade market, the rumor mill has been churning out a number of possibilities for several teams and players. "And that's certainly our preference, because despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group".
The White Sox and Cubs haven't made a trade involving a former All-Star since 1992. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics.
Pelfrey is 1-1 with a 3.70 ERA in four career starts against Seattle. Kyle Hendricks has been sidelined since June 4 because of tendinitis in his right hand, and John Lackey has a 5.20 ERA. In 36 career minor league games (33 of them as the starter) he has a rock solid 2.54 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 rate, and he has lowered his walk rate each year to a 4.5 BB/9 rate so far in 2017. He hit 17 homers in 101 games last year and has 14 homers in 65 games this year.
In Quintana the Cubs get someone with ace potential that wont have to be the ace of their staff. Quintana spent all six of his major league seasons on the South Side, but will move north with this deal. They deserved a world of credit. If the Cubs make them a strong offer, then we don't foresee much standing in the way of a deal. With free agency looming on marquee players, the Astros have a lot to consider between now and July 31st.style="text-align: center;"