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Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana, Trade Jimenez, Cease, and Two other Prospects

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Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana, Trade Jimenez, Cease, and Two other Prospects

The Chicago Cubs accomplished something they haven’t done since 2006. This morning, the Chicago Cubs completed a trade with the Chicago White Sox for Jose Quintana.

The Chicago Cubs acquired LHP Jose Quintana while trading outfielder Eloy Jimenez, left-hand pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Eloy Jimenez is MLB Pipeline’s number 8th ranked prospect on their Top 100 list while Dylan Cease is 63rd. Jimenez has been playing in the Carolina League with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Eloy was batting .271 with six doubles, eight home runs, and 32 RBI in 32 games this season. Cease is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (18 R/16 ER) and limiting batters to a .213 average across 13 starts.

Starting pitching has struggled up and down the staff, from Arrieta to Hendricks. Going into the All-Star Break, the Cubs find themselves with a below .500 record and 5.5 games out of first place in the NL Central.

This season, Cubs starting pitching has a 4.66 ERA after having one of the top staffs last year. They also have the worst first inning ERA (7.26) in all of Major League Baseball.

If the Cubs want to repeat as World Series Champs, the pitching needs to step up.

Jose Quintana

Jose Quintana will make an impact on the Cubs pitching staff.

Though at first glance his 4-8 record and 4.49 record may seem alarming, it is not as bad as it seems. Jose Quintana has settled down after 2 rough outings in late May. Since he’s gone 2-1 in 7 starts with a 2.70 ERA across 40 innings while striking out 45.

Jose Quintana is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA in 172 major league appearances. He has pitched 200+ innings, made 32 or more starts, and had a 3.51 ERA or lower the last 4 season. Among qualifying pitchers starting in 2013, Quintana has received the second-lowest run support average in the American League in that span.

In Interleague play, Quintana has gone 6-9 in 21 starts with 3.30 ERA over 133.2 innings with 123/30 K/BB ratio.

“We’re really excited to add Jose Quintana to the club. As we’ve discussed with many of you frequently over the years, we’ve been trying to add controllable, talented pitching to this core that we have.” -Theo Epstein on the addition of Quintana to the Cubs.

Though many are skeptical, Theo and the staff knows he can help them win now while being able to have him under control until 2020.

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Trade History

The Cubs and White Sox have done deals in the past but it has become a rarity. Since 1946, the two teams have traded 27 times.

The previous trade took place in 2007 when the Chicago White Sox traded Neal Cotts for Carlos Vasquez and David Aardsma.

Final Thoughts

Chicago Cubs and fans saw the early struggles of their starting pitching and knew that they needed to find a solution especially with the trade deadline looming. Today, Theo Epstein answered the need by acquiring a controllable starting pitcher who has proved himself in the majors. The White Sox did receive quite a basket full of prospects for their future plans but for the Cubs, it’s necessary because their “future” is now.