In a stunning development, the Chicago Cubs mortgaged a large chunk of their future Thursday by acquiring prized left-hander Jose Quintana for four prospects. They started to rebuild after four straight losing seasons last winter when they traded All-Star pitcher Chris Sale to Boston and outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington.
A unanimous top-10 global prospect, Jimenez is every bit worth being the headliner in a Quintana deal, and if he turns out as expected it will be fairly easy to overlook any other shortcomings in the return. Quintana immediately upgrades a rotation that struggled in the first half. Quintana had a solid month of June after he started the 2017 season poorly.
This season, Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA. If Arrieta can get his command sorted out, or if Kyle Hendricks can find his 2016 form, the Cubs will somehow enter the postseason with a better rotation than they had in their World Series run. They recently tried to pry All-Star Michael Fulmer away from the Detroit Tigers, but the Tigers had no interest, unless they perhaps were willing to trade infielders Javy Baez and Ian Happ. They'll start the second half of the season 5 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.
Jimenez, 20, is the fifth-best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America and renowned for his power. @carlos_rodon55 and I say our final good bye to @jose_quintana24 and thank him for the good times here and making me feel right at home when I signed here.
He's probably the Cubs' best starter at this point, though you won't see an official acknowledgment of that by the team, not with veterans Lester and Arrieta mostly sharing that nod. So the defensive upgrade isn't as strong as what one may believe.
"Sunday morning, I reached out to Theo to express that I felt something was going to happen with Q in the coming days and to have a clear sense of what it would take for them, if they were interested, now was the time to engage". "And then (Rick) laid out a deal that was something that we wouldn't do, but it was intriguing enough to pursue". Now the Cubs are more or less out of blue-chip prospects if they want to further improve their team without dipping into current contributors like Ian Happ. However, the Cubs and White Sox hadn't been linked to any trade, despite the Cubs need for another starting pitcher.
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