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The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

The Cubs Gave Up Far Too Much For Jose Quintana

I know in our world of screaming heads and hot takes, we have to immediately start yelling about why one team fleeced the other, but what if that's the wrong take?

Entering Friday, the Cubs (43-45) trailed Milwaukee by 5 ½ games in the National League Central.

The White Sox spent between $90 million and $119 million on team payroll every season from 2012 to 2016 but haven't made a playoff appearance since 2008.

Rather than load up on quality pitching prospects, as the Cardinals did, the Cubs stacked young hitter on top of young hitter.

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How they should proceed is perhaps the hottest topic in Blue Jays' news these days, and there's been endless debate about what the team should do with two other veterans who only have 2018 left on their contracts. Lester's ERA has gone from 2.44 to 4.25, Arrieta's from 3.10 to 4.35 and Lackey's from 3.35 to 5.20.

The Cubs haven't been great, but Quintana hasn't been stellar as well.

At just 27-years-old, Gray would fit in with the movement that Epstein is starting for players with control.

But Quintana was one of the most well-liked players in the White Sox clubhouse, and the finality of the pitcher's long-rumored trade hit some players hard.

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Taking the top two prospects in the Cubs' organization is the latest case of the White Sox adding firepower to their own minor league system. But this year the Cubs defense has been a bit off themselves and actually have 6 fewer errors than the White Sox.

In giving up Jimenez and Cease, the Cubs paid dearly, just as they did past year when they sent prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees to get closer Aroldis Chapman.

Jimenez, 20, is batting.271 (42-155) with eight home runs, 32 RBI and 23 runs scored over 42 games this season with Class A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League. Many are. The Cubs and White Sox did what?! 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. "We feel this package of prospects we received today was far and away the best offer, the best possibility, that we've discussed with any club since we started this process roughly a year ago or so". He was struggling at midseason in the Orioles bullpen when the deal was made, and he remembers that Showalter told him at the time that the deal would reignite his career. The left-hander is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA but is striking out a career-high 9.4 per nine.

That is, of course, if they decide to deal him at all.

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The pair reconnected Monday, spoke Tuesday about the Cubs' willingness to include their top two prospects, and texted throughout the All-Star Game to figure out the final two pieces of the deal.


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