-Theo Epstein on the addition of Quintana to the Cubs.
FILE - In this June 11, 2017, file photo, Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, in Cleveland. Well, it's the source of how that news broke that has the internet in a dizzy. It's not just a huge trade - everything else about it is big. Yet here we are.
The cost was steep for the Cubs, however, in a rare deal between the two Chicago franchises.
When the White Sox were reportedly asking for Bryant in return for Sale, he was a star.
Cuban outfielder Luis Robert (left) poses with White Sox general manager Rick Hahn at a news conferences after Robert signed with the White Sox in May.
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. But he throws comfortably in the 95-97 range, while touching 100, and if he can harness his command of that fastball, he can be an ace. The 21-year-old was drafted by the Cubs in the sixth round in 2014, which was considered a steal at time due to his rehab from Tommy John surgery. If Arrieta can get his command sorted out, or if Kyle Hendricks can find his 2016 form, the Cubs will somehow enter the postseason with a better rotation than they had in their World Series run. After ending 2016 with five qualified starters with an above-average ERA+, three of whom got Cy Young votes, the Cubs have only two starters with an above-average ERA+ this year: Kyle Hendricks, who's on the DL and has almost doubled his ERA from last season, and Eddie Butler, whom the Rockies left for dead five months ago. "That's way below market value for a pitcher of his caliber". Their future is very bright.
It's possible to envision a scenario where Quintana pitches his best down the stretch, and an unexpected event or injury creates a need for a team with greater prospect wealth.
Rose was second of all Cubs minor leaguers with 14 homers this season for Myrtle Beach while slashing.227/.281/.481 in 65 games. Instead, the Cubs believe that Schwarber will turn it around and be the hitter he once was. No, just like no amount of prospects guarantee anything to a ballclub.
Further, the Cubs have a ton of big-league position players who are young and under team control for a while. The Mets would trade Justice to the Oakland A's one week later. And what's wrong with that?