How Two Reddit Users With Butt-Specific Usernames Broke Jose Quintana Trade

Baseball's second half is officially off to a surprising start, thanks to the Windy City.

The first big splash of MLB's trade season came Thursday, with the Chicago Cubs acquiring left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-hander Dylan Cease and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

The White Sox' trade of Jose Quintana to the Cubs for prospects made ideal sense for both sides.

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was at the All-Star Game Fanfest on Tuesday with his younger son when Cubs President Theo Epstein called.

They were in a bit of a predicament. Previous year the Cubs shipped top prospect Gleyber Torres as part of a package that brought back Aroldis Chapman. That group, which was stellar in 2016 and had similar expectations this season, has been mediocre (and that's being kind) in 2017. Since he's gone 2-1 in 7 starts with a 2.70 ERA across 40 innings while striking out 45.

The 28-year-old Quintana is pitching to a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA now, but has excellent stuff and has pitched to an ERA under 3.80 in each of the last five seasons.

It was just last month, in fact, that they took control of the AL East race by running their arch-rivals out of the Bronx with routs of 8-0 and 9-1 to take the last two games of a three-game series.

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Quintana won't solve all the Cubs' problems, or even all the ones in the starting rotation, but this trade is a great place to start.

Why low-cost? Because the Cubs are either gonna need to add another starter via free agency in the offseason or trade for one that might be a bit more expensive this month or in the offseason. The 26-year-old owns a 15-14 record with a 3.45 ERA in 150 games over five minor league seasons with the organization.

With this big trade out of the way, the Cubs front office can focus on addressing remaining needs while not waiting three additional weeks to make a much-needed upgrade to the starting rotation. Yet, if Quintana has a better second half, so will the Cubs.

-The New York Yankees acquired first baseman Garrett Cooper from the Milwaukee Brewers for left-handed reliever Tyler Webb. This shows the different positions the two teams are in now and they are polar opposites.

Something else to keep in mind. With the addition of Quintana to the rotation, that possibility is now far more likely. There is also the fact that both Jake Arrieta and John Lackey will be free agents after this season and they'll need a strong Quintana to stay relevant. It's not that they can't, it's that they could conceivably choose not to, especially with Quintana in the fold through 2020.

"We know in our minds what we feel the appropriate package is for Jose Quintana, and we looked at our board and looked at the prospects on that board and you try to crack together deals", Hahn said.


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