Orioles Hope To Turn A Corner Against Cubs

Ruben Hill
July 16, 2017

A division opponent just made it clear they are trying to compete now, and as the current first place team, the Brew Crew need to take that as a message. "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.

But while acquiring the 28-year-old southpaw from the White Sox does help the Cubs both now and in the future, it alone doesn't solve all of the ills impacting the 2016 World Champions, both now or in the future. They also had the 11th, 23rd, 28th, 36th, 59th and 68th ranked prospects (pitcher Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Robert, pitcher Lucas Giolito, pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, pitcher Carson Fulmer and catcher Zack Collins, respectively). It's something of an annual tradition over there, and it helps that the A's are one of the worst teams in the American League through the first half. "We did. We own that". Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below! Jose Quintana was traded to the Cubs for a nice package of prospects.

Quintana is now 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA, the worst ERA of his five-year career, but is just a season removed from going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA. His K/9 ratio is at its highest of his career at 9.4, but also his BB/9 ratio is the highest a 3.5.

The deal is one more part of the White Sox huge rebuilding.

"He's a true professional who had to deal with everything from poor run support to the bullpen occasionally letting him down, the defense letting him down", Hahn said. But the deal makes sense given each other's needs. Join the Reviewing the Brew team! The Cubs are seventh in the big leagues with a.694 rating. They are batting.230 with runners in scoring position - 27th in the majors. He last pitched versus the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings and coming away with a no-decision despite striking out 10. Jake Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award victor, has been inconsistent. It won't be much, but anything is more than they'd get when he walks as a free agent (assuming a qualifying offer isn't remotely likely).

Hahn said he and Epstein exchanged text messages shortly after the draft.

The White Sox, who were close to trading the pitcher in the offseason, continue to load up on young players. If Quintana is able to deliver three extra wins before the trade deadline, that's a huge win for the Cubs because every game counts at this point as they try to make up ground on the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs had to surrender their top two prospects (granted, recent call-ups like Ian Happ are excluded from that list) in order to acquire Quintana, and from a cross-town rival no less.

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