A day after the White Sox dealt left-hander Jose Quintana to the crosstown Cubs, players were still digesting the news on Friday. While how Milwaukee holds up in the second half was already going to be a fascinating storyline to follow, what they do at the trade deadline could be even more intriguing, because Quintana isn't the only pitcher on the market with a couple of years of control left.
Matt Rose is a corner infielder/DH who is only hitting.227 with a.281 OBP in Class A-Advanced right now, but he's shown good power in the past two seasons. The first came in 2003, when they won two of the three games.
The Chicago White Sox head into the second half without their top pitcher. He holds a 4.00 ERA, which would be lower than any of Chicago's current starters this season. Last year's world-championship club featured a starting staff with an ERA of 2.99.
"This is the type of deal we've been looking to make for a long time", Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said. So now teams will have to consider really cutting their farm system in order to get that piece they need for a run.
Right now, though, let's talk about what this means for the Cubs and the 2017 season. The White Sox have spent a better part of a year stockpiling prospects.
"I'm not surprised that they moved me, but I didn't know where I'd go", Quintana said.
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First, Dallas Keuchel and Collin McHugh are both on track to return to the rotation in the next few weeks. No matter what you might think, the answer to that question is no. A World Series hangover effect, if we've ever seen one.
Jose Quintana is headed to the Cubs. Since 1946, the two teams have traded 27 times.
In Quintana, the Cubs are getting a mainstay of the Sox's rotation. He's 38 years old, his ERA on the season is 5.20, and his record is 5-9.
The Cubs won the World Series with Chapman closing in 2016, so they can be forgiven for splurging and giving up a guy who now ranks as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect. "We're going to continue to have to do the things that are necessary to give us an opportunity to play the baseball that we want to play". Jon Lester will take the mound on Monday against the Atlanta Braves, followed by John Lackey on Tuesday and Montgomery again on Wednesday. Despite his disappointing 4-8 record and 4.48 ERA, Quintana has a history of success, posting four straight seasons of at least 200 innings, 160 strikeouts, and an ERA under 4.00 from 2013-2016.
Well, on Thursday we got an answer: You deal for Jose Quintana.