Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Jose Quintana Excited to Get Cubs Career Started

Theo Epstein the president of baseball operations with the Cubs said the trade was not completed because of how the team played during the first half of the season.

This year, though, he is just 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts, although he has struck out 109 in 104 1/3 innings.

By landing the 2016 All-Star, the Cubs made it clear they're not giving up on a hard season after arriving at the break two games under.500.

Dylan Cease is the other big prize for the Sox, the No. 2 prospect in the Cubs' system and a right-handed hurler now also in A-ball. But I think it's important not to overreact to that.

If the Milwaukee Brewers followed the mold that Chicago Cubs did, they would be giving up their top two prospects, Lewis Brinson and Corey Ray, plus other prospects. 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 Cubs will slot Quintana into a rotation that has struggled this season, posting a 4.66 ERA on the season (ranking 17th in baseball and eighth in the National League, right ahead of the Phillies). The Cubs tanked multiple seasons to build a championship roster and their management team won't settle for one-and-done success after all that suffering. Quintana, Jon Lester, and Jake Arrieta will make for a fearsome trio going into the second half of the year, and if Kyle Hendricks returns healthy and effective, Chicago will only have to worry about patching one spot in their rotation rather than three.

In early May, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was quite clear when asked about his alleged disinterest in trading with the crosstown Cubs.

Dylan Cease is thought by many to be the best pitching prospect in the Cubs system.

It was the first July goodbye for the Chicago White Sox. With High-A Myrtle Beach this year, he hit.271/.351/.490 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

"Any deal we make is about maximizing the future of the White Sox", Hahn said.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Jimenez is now ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect in the Major League Baseball farm system. We've been playing from behind a lot. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics.

Jimenez made headlines last month after he hit part of a light tower during the High-A home run derby, and was almost the MVP of the 2016 All-Star Futures game as he wowed fans and scouts both on offense and defense. He did go 2-1 in the month of June with a 1.78 ERA while holding opponents to a.194/.275/.287 line, so it's not as if he has come apart completely.

Jake Arrieta: Won the NL Cy Young in 2015 and led the Majors in hits per nine past year. Not a bad start, but hopefully he can fare better this time around.

Entering this season, there were definitely high hopes for Quintana which failed to materialize.

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