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Chicago Cubs searching for last year's magic entering set with Baltimore Orioles

Chicago Cubs searching for last year's magic entering set with Baltimore Orioles

In 1973, the Cubs traded nine-time All-Star Ron Santo to the White Sox for a total of four players, including future Cy Young victor and current White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.

Some of Quintana's new teammates think the Cubs' front office made the right move - trading four prospects to the White Sox, including power-hitting outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease.

Prospects always carry an inherent element of risk, of course, but on paper this is a very good haul for the White Sox (Jimenez and Cease were the only two Cubs prospects on that BA list, btw). With High-A Myrtle Beach this year, he hit.271/.351/.490 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

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Gray is 4-4 with a 4.00 ERA in 13 starts for the Athletics this season.

At 43-45, the Cubs share second-place in the National League Central division with St. Louis, both 5 1/2 games behind pace-setter Milwaukee.

The Chicago Cubs appear to be willing to pull out all the stops in hopes of repeating as World Series champions.

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If we've learned nothing else, it's that Major League Baseball championship hangovers are real.

If the Cubs want to repeat as World Series Champs, the pitching needs to step up. Quintana still has good stuff as evidenced by his swing-and-miss numbers and the quality of opponents' contact on his secondary pitches. The 4-8 record is a reflection of a bad team. Jose Quintana has settled down after 2 rough outings in late May. After 5 terrific years to start off his White Sox career, Quintana, who expected to be dealt during the offseason along with Chris Sale, has been playing the worse baseball of his career: 4.49 ERA, 1.323 WHIP and an terrible 2.73 SO/W ratio. Among qualifying pitchers starting in 2013, Quintana has received the second-lowest run support average in the American League in that span.

The club has been dangling Quintana on the trade market for months now, so how come nobody took the bait? "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". (It later emerged that Rick Hahn and Theo Epstein ducked backstage at the All-Star FanFest to talk business.) Well, nearly no leaks.

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The remaining control left on Quintana's contract will also help the Cubs deal with the expected departures of Arrieta and John Lackey this offseason. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said letting him go was a hard choice for the rebuilding team. Hill made his most recent appearance at Marlins Park last September, when he threw seven ideal innings before manager Dave Roberts pulled him, mindful the veteran had been sidelined by a blister earlier in the season.