Who fills the role of new team ace is now undecided, as David Holmberg is the only starter to have made multiple starts in 2017 and have an ERA south of four.
The reigning World Champions were 5 1/2 games behind Milwaukee Friday in the National League Central Division.
Quintana is now 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA, the worst ERA of his five-year career, but is just a season removed from going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA. He was 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA in 169 starts for the White Sox. They also included first baseman Matt Rose, and another infielder in Bryant Flete, who both have upside. While King Felix had a good start against Oakland, I am not sure that means he is back to his old form. Chicago hopes Quintana, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade Thursday, can aid an aging rotation, but first it will turn to Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75) against the O’s.
Quintana helps now and for the future. In their run to the World Series previous year, the Cubs rotation went 81-39 with a 2.96 ERA.
Jose Quintana is a premium pitcher, but he’s struggled a bit this year, which is uncharacteristic of him throughout his career. 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.
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). Many are. The Cubs and White Sox did what?! With nine players in the Top 100 rankings, the White Sox could whiff on half of these players and still have the makings of a competitive ballclub.
Jimenez is batting.271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs at High-A Myrtle Beach.
“Dylan Cease was a player we coveted in the (2014) draft”, Hahn said.
Jake Arrieta: Won the NL Cy Young in 2015 and led the Majors in hits per nine a year ago. They won the bidding for Quintana, who is better than his 2017 numbers (4-8 with a 4.49 ERA) suggest, but they sacrificed the power-hitting Jimenez, one of the top-ranked prospects in baseball. 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. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his past five starts entering the series opener with NY. The combination of dealing Adam Eaton, Chris Sale, and Quintana have netted them almost all of those prospects and more.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Cubs get one of the best pitchers on the market to shore up their rotation, and he’s signed through the 2020 season at a bargain price.