Friday, 21 July, 2017

Cubs Still Interested in Gray After Acquiring Quintana

Cubs Still Interested in Gray After Acquiring Quintana Cubs Still Interested in Gray After Acquiring Quintana
Preston Stone | 16 July, 2017, 05:31

On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox finally traded starting pitcher Jose Quintana, but his destination won't be far away - he's heading to the Chicago Cubs for a package of four prospects, including the highly-touted Eloy Jimenez.

Based on the return for Quintana, the Twins might have to give up a top prospect in order to acquire a pitcher like Straily or Gray. They also included first baseman Matt Rose, and another infielder in Bryant Flete, who both have upside. The first came in 2003, when they won two of the three games. On top of that, pitching has been a problem, as Chicago often finds itself behind before the first inning is over. Obviously, the Cubs are optimistic he'll be able to lower that ERA in the National League and in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark.

"This is the type of deal we've been looking to make for a long time", Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. "We know we can do better".

Right now, though, let's talk about what this means for the Cubs and the 2017 season.

The White Sox also acquired the No. 63 prospect in starter Dylan Cease - and all he's done is strike out over 12 batters per nine with a 2.54 ERA in three Minor League stops.

"I'm not surprised that they moved me, but I didn't know where I'd go", Quintana said.

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. Our goal is to win more.

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Jose Quintana packed up his locker and played catch with Derek Holland, Carlos Rodon and Tommy Kahnle one more time. "I'm so excited to be here with this team".

The White Sox and Cubs haven't made a trade involving a former All-Star since 1992. Verlander carries a high payroll value ($28 million for 2017-2019, $22 million in 2020) and is 34 years old.

Jimenez made headlines last month after he hit part of a light tower during the High-A home run derby, and was almost the MVP of the 2016 All-Star Futures game as he wowed fans and scouts both on offense and defense. Past year the Cubs shipped top prospect Gleyber Torres as part of a package that brought back Aroldis Chapman. And if by month's end the Cubs can't show that they still have that potential, the smart organizational move would be to be to trade the impending free agents Wade Davis and Jake Arrieta for valuable assets that can either help the team in 2018 or be flipped as trading chips to get more pitching. They deserved a world of credit.

Then the Cubs deal was finalized.

"That wasn't going to go unaddressed", Lester said.

Hahn said earlier this season that he was willing to do business with the Cubs, but speculation continued that he would really deal with the crosstown rival.

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