Chicago Cubs Strengthen Rotation Through Trade for Jose Quintana

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2017

The acquisition of Jimenez now gives the Cubs three of baseball's top 11 prospects (again, per MLB.com), with Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech (both acquired in the Chris Sale trade) joining Jimenez.

Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are the two less-heralded members of this trade. The Cubs are 43-45, well behind their 53-35 mark through 88 games last season, when they ended a 108-year World Series drought. They trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) by 5½ games.

If the Cubs do want Gray, they'd better make a move fast. 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 overriding consideration was this core that we believe in and what we hope will be a long window of contention". Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

The Cubs and the Sox have made one other major trade. It's important to take a step back and realize where you are. A World Series hangover effect, if we've ever seen one.

For the defending champs, Quintana should help bolster a starting pitching staff in need of a jolt. "I'm so excited to be here with this team".

The way the details of the trade broke were certainly unusual but the Cubs are praying it saves their season.

Gray, 27, has started 13 games for the A's this season, posting a 4-4 record with a 4.00 ERA and 74 strikeouts over 78 2/3 innings of work. Kyle Hendricks has been sidelined since June 4 because of tendinitis in his right hand, and John Lackey has a 5.20 ERA. However, is it likely that the Cubs try to obtain another ace in their rotation just days after acquiring starting pitcher Jose Quintana?

Add in the fact that Jimenez, 20, is the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball according to ESPN's Keith Law and Baseball America and you have the potential for a deal that will be scrutinized for years to come.

The Cubs rank just 14th in the National League with a.239 team average.

Losing out on guys like Jimenez and Cease is hard for any organization, but the Cubs are loaded with young talent now. Maybe they were exhausted from the World Series. "Obviously, we all know they're in their window of (trying to win) championships, and to their credit, they're seeking that opportunity to make the most out of the day".

Jon Lester: Went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA a year ago, and he can even pick off runners now. That's exactly what he told me when he traded me: "'I think I'm trading you to the right team where you can get back on track.' That's exactly what happened". "A lot of it will depend on how we play".

With that being said, it opens up the discussion about what moves should be made by the Milwaukee Brewers.

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