Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Powell: Quintana To Cubs A No-brainer

Powell: Quintana To Cubs A No-brainer

We've been willing to trade within our division, which has far more impact on our ability to compete.

While the fans of both Chicago clubs can debate the merits of the deal for each of their teams, we need to take a look here from the fantasy perspective.

Nevertheless, the Cubs did pay a big price by trading two of its top prospects in Jimenez and Cease who are now ranked No. 2 and 8 respectively in a loaded system of the White Sox. "I felt like I was maybe pressing a little too hard a few times, but I wanted to see where I was at swing-wise, what it felt like to turn and twist at that game speed, so it felt good".

"It's one that allows us to continue to add to the prospect base that we've accumulated in a potentially high impact way".

Jake Arrieta: Won the NL Cy Young in 2015 and led the Majors in hits per nine past year. He has eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 42 games this season, but more importantly, he can do devastating things at the plate ... like break stadium lights.

Theo Epstein the president of baseball operations with the Cubs said the trade was not completed because of how the team played during the first half of the season.

"We view him as one of the most exciting prospects in the game today", Hahn said. A power-hitting outfielder who projects as a middle-of-the-order type bat.

Coming off of the DL in the future and already amidst a poor season, you have to think that the expectation on Quintana is to be an improvement over Lackey for the balance of the season. Usually it occurs via the top of the draft or global moves similar with what we did with Luis Robert a few weeks back.

With Quintana added to the roster Friday, righty Dylan Floro was optioned back down to Class AAA Iowa again. He is only 2-4, but has a 3.12 ERA in seven starts in Chicago this season. With free agency looming on marquee players, the Astros have a lot to consider between now and July 31st. For Chicago, right-hander James Shields (2-1, 4.95 ERA) will make his eighth start of the season.

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.

Cease is MLB.com's No. 63 overall prospect. The 22-year old Rose was an 11th-round pick by the Cubs in the 2015 MLB Draft, and is hitting.227/.281/.481 with 14 homers in high-A this season.

The White Sox also signed prized Cuban prospect Luis Robert to a minor league deal in May.

And Thursday's bold move means he has options to possibly make at least one more bold move in 2017.

The big loser in this deal will be Mike Montgomery in the short term and Eddie Butler in the long term.

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