The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

Andrew Cummings
July 16, 2017

They acquired two of baseball's top prospects in return, getting second baseman Yoan Moncada from the Red Sox and right-hander Lucas Giolito from the Nationals. With Quintana under team control for several more years, the Cubs didn't mind giving up some prospects. NL MVP Kris Bryant, and Anthony Rizzo haven't been as bad as the rest of the team's batting lineup, but they also haven't played as well as they did a year ago. They trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) by 5½ games.

The Chicago White Sox rotation will look different to start the second half than how it did to end the first half. He's 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA on the season, but has turned things around more recently, which obviously was enough for the Cubs to believe in his bounce back.

Arrieta struggled at the start of the season, but seems to be rounding into form.

"This is the type of deal we've been looking to make for a long time", Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. Can Quintana be the piece that puts them over the hump?

According to Mark Feinsand of, the Sonny Gray and Jose Quintana combination may be exactly what the Cubs need to poise a dominant pitching rotation. "Our prospects at this moment in time are more valuable to the White Sox than us". While not having Torres in the long-term will hurt the Cubs, they finally won a title, so you're willing to forgive that kind of move. Maybe the first half was just practice. "I'm really happy. I think it was the best situation for me". One got promoted and another traded, but we rallied to win 22 of 26 games in August.

I know in our world of screaming heads and hot takes, we have to immediately start yelling about why one team fleeced the other, but what if that's the wrong take?

"We know we're getting a very quality, a very consistent starting pitcher who's also a great person and great teammate", Epstein said.

The departure of the 28-year-old Quintana leaves a giant hole in Chicago's rotation. Quintana was an All Star in 2016 and has recorded a sub-3.50 ERA every season since 2014. Adding Quintana, especially during a low season for him, is about dominating the next few years, not just making a comeback in 2017. If the Blue Jays decide they're going to trade Josh Donaldson now, rather than wait for the offseason or trying to extend him, the Cubs have dolled out a hefty package for a premium player, which only helps their cause. They deserved a world of credit.

"Ultimately, that yieled not only this offer we got from the Cubs but others we felt were above that line", he said. With free agency looming on marquee players, the Astros have a lot to consider between now and July 31st.

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