Cubs make first big move, set trade price for starting pitcher

Posted July 14, 2017

On the surface, this looks like a good trade for both squads.

Anyone comparing the return for Quintana against what the White Sox received in the Chris Sale deal will be very disappointed. But don't let the numbers discourage you. Drafted as a third baseman, Rose has played a majority of his games at first, only playing third two times this year.

Thanks to the smart decision to blow off the All-Star Game tie-in, home-field advantage in the World Series now goes to the team with the best record, and the Dodgers went into the break as the leaders with a major-league best 61-29 record, ½ game ahead of the Astros (60-29).

The Minnesota Twins now have an idea of what it will cost to acquire a proven pitcher who is under team control for multiple years.

If they can get into the postseason, they instantly become a daunting opponent for any team.

The Cubs' need for another quality arm in the rotation has been apparent all season after their off-season acquisitions of Brett Anderson and Eddie Butler hadn't panned out as planned (although Butler hasn't been terrible like Anderson was). For the White Sox, this signals that the franchise is fully diving into its rebuilding phase. This also means that Eddie Butler and Mike Montgomery should be pushed to the bullpen and will serve as spot starters more than likely. He is making $7 million this season, and is due $8.85 million next year. Then there's a club option for $10.5 million in 2019 and an $11.5 million club option in 2020. Verlander is six years older.

Rose and Flete are not ranked in the Cubs' top 30 prospects, per MLB Pipeline, but Flete owns the fifth-best batting average (.305) in their Minor League system. Jose Quintana has settled down after 2 rough outings in late May. It happened between these two crosstown rivals that have historically been reluctant to make big trades with one another.

The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before.

Further, post-2017, Quintana is now alongside Lester and Hendricks as the sure things in the rotation.

While Dylan Cease is 21, developmentally he's younger because he missed time to Tommy John surgery shortly after signing with the Cubs in 2014, so he needs time to develop.

We'd love to have a great prospect like (Eloy Jimenez) for the whole season. The landscape has changed. He made a comeback to the World Series and was a major contributor for the team. When it comes to outfield prospects with huge power, the Cubs already saw this with Jorge Soler. They're 18/5 to win this year's Fall Classic, followed by the Astros at 9/2. Again, see the table above.

Cubs fans - like all baseball fans - don't like giving up prospects in trades.