The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

White Sox Pitcher Carlos Rodon leans up against Jose Quintana's locker in a goodbye video to the pitcher shot by teammate Derek Holland that was posted on Instagram. It was never a question of "if" but a question of "when, where and for how much".

When I talked about the Cubs not making a deal, I was thinking of teams like the Tigers and Justin Verlander. He has pitched 200+ innings, made 32 or more starts, and had a 3.51 ERA or lower the last 4 season.

"This notion that we wouldn't do business with them because they're in town - or somehow we would actually take an inferior baseball deal for non-baseball reasons because of emotion or a rivalry or something totally unrelated to putting the best possible team on the field for the next several years - is laughable", Hahn said. And our prospects, at this moment in time, are more valuable to the White Sox then they are to us... They also had the 11th, 23rd, 28th, 36th, 59th and 68th ranked prospects (pitcher Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Robert, pitcher Lucas Giolito, pitcher Reynaldo Lopez, pitcher Carson Fulmer and catcher Zack Collins, respectively). Where the Cubs and Epstein did it with trades and draft picks, Hahn has assembled nine of the MLB's Top 100. The Sox get four prospects including Eloy Jimenez.

They also gave up their No. 8 prospect, the highly touted starting pitcher Dylan Cease, who is now ranked No. 63 overall, but is looking to make a big jump in the rankings when they are figured at the end of the month, according to MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo.

With ZiPS projecting every Cubs starter, including Quintana, to perform closer to their established norms, this is the kind of rotation that can match up with any in baseball - including the Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers and Corey Kluber-fronted Indians. He's also under team control through next season, when he'd then become a free agent. The Quintana trade was the first in a sea of fantasy baseball advice and random big-league chatter.

Epstein sees keeping the team's current core group of guys, like Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, and Kris Bryant, together. "We've played ourselves into a bit of a hole, the way we played in the first half and especially at the end of the first half". We've been willing to trade within our division, which has far more impact on our ability to compete. Tampa Bay is 5-1 in games he's started.

Epstein initially thought the chances of trading for Quintana were slim.

Looking long term, this is an even better move for the Cubs.

Quintana is scheduled to make his Cubs debut at Baltimore on Sunday. "Jose Quintana probably is more valuable for us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox".

At first glance, it looks like the Cubs gave up a ton of value from their farm system in this deal.

The Cubs reportedly kicked the tires on multiple starters including Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander and Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray.

While the defense has regressed and the offense has gone M.I.A.an uncomfortable number of times, starting pitching has arguably been the club's biggest weakness. He said the White Sox asked for reigning NL MVP Bryant when he inquired about a deal for All-Star pitcher Chris Sale in the offseason. In no way, shape or form was I thinking the White Sox. Those two deals netted huge return packages, and Thursday's trade of Quintana did the same.

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