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LEADING OFF: Trout returns, Cubs try to start turnaround

LEADING OFF: Trout returns, Cubs try to start turnaround LEADING OFF: Trout returns, Cubs try to start turnaround
Eleena Tovar | 18 Julio, 2017, 09:44

They hope it will give the scuffling team the kick it needs.

"It is always extremely hard to trade a person and player like Jose Quintana", White Sox general manager Rich Hahn said in a statement, "but hard as it was, this deal moves us closer to our goal of building a team capable of contending for multiple championships over an extended period of time".

Of course, the White Sox are probably out of it for this year, but with all those players in the farm for the Pale Hose, they could be back in contention by next season with Moncada, Giolito, Fulmer, etc. That being the case, this isn't a blockbuster move that is guaranteed to push the Cubs over the top. We knew this, of course, but seeing them sitting 38-49 at the All-Star break only reinforces the point. Lackey, Lester, and even Jake Arrieta have struggled this season for the Cubs as their record has fallen to 43-45, putting them tied for second place with the St. Louis Cardinals. While Theo & Co. finally have what they've been seeking for a couple of years.

The announcement put an end to 7 months of speculation about where Quintana might end up.

The Chicago White Sox dealt pitcher Jose Quintana across town to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for four minor leaguers including Eloy Jimenez, who is considered one of the best hitting prospects in baseball. Quintana was an All Star in 2016 and has recorded a sub-3.50 ERA every season since 2014.

The Cubs and White Sox have done deals in the past but it has become a rarity. Who cares? It made sense, so they made the deal.

Now, who would have thought that he'd still be wearing a White Sox uniform in July?

"The baseball logic of the trade just makes so much sense", Epstein said. Join the Reviewing the Brew team!

The Chicago Cubs have been looking for starting pitching in all corners of the league, so when it came via their own backyard it surprised everyone. He's 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

Quintana will make his debut with the Cubs on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles on the road. "But certainly part of what we're trying to accomplish here is accumulate as much talent as possible knowing that things happen". "I think they're all professionals". It means one less cheap pitcher on DFS slates too!

Epstein initially thought the chances of trading for Quintana were slim. But this year the Cubs defense has been a bit off themselves and actually have 6 fewer errors than the White Sox. They started to rebuild after four straight losing seasons last winter when they traded Sale to Boston and outfielder Adam Eaton to Washington.

The Chicago Cubs have already added a major piece to their rotation by acquiring White Sox lefty Jose Quintana Thursday, but the defending World Series champions are reportedly not done yet.