Cubs Still Interested in Gray After Acquiring Quintana

Cubs Still Interested in Gray After Acquiring Quintana

Boston's charge to the top of the division before the break was fueled largely by Chris Sale and Mookie Betts, but scheduled starter Drew Pomeranz (9-4, 3.60) has also been excellent.

Now, it appears that the Cubs are not done making moves, or at least would like to make one more. The Cubs believe Quintana, an All-Star last season, can help get them back on track as they try to defend their World Series title, which ended 108 years of frustration last fall. I know the manager and the coaches' focus from day one has been to win that day's ballgame. However, others are wondering if that is a good idea since this was basically the same roster that dominated the league last year. Perhaps, but this feels like a "we want to win now" move while the veteran rotation, which is still underachieving, is still there. Miley has a 4.97 ERA and unbelievably poor 1.75 WHIP in 88 2/3 innings through 18 starts.

The Cubs had to surrender their top two prospects (granted, recent call-ups like Ian Happ are excluded from that list) in order to acquire Quintana, and from a cross-town rival no less. "It ended up being a surprising dance partner for us, but I think a great baseball trade all around". In exchange, the Cubs sent four prospects to the White Sox - outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. It's neat to pitch against these guys, guys I've played with for a long time. So, the Cubs and Joe Maddon's infamous shifting give Quintana owners a little advantage. It's hard to say if teams would be willing to pay more for Donaldson, who is more expensive and only has one extra year of control, but it's hard to imagine the Blue Jays accepting any less.

This trade also affects the value of other top pitchers available via trade. Yu Darvish is the next best pitcher, or the best, and he is set to be 31 years old in August.

Every team would love to have Gray.

For Friday's game, the Cubs will be bringing out LHP Mike Montgomery for the start.

The inevitable occurred Thursday when the Chicago Cubs dug into their prospect pile to upgrade their pitching. "Jose Quintana probably is more valuable for us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox".

If the Brewers really wanted to ante up, they could compile a package with a couple of their young outfielders and some arms and take a shot at landing the other big fish that's definitely on the market in Sonny Gray.

Ace Jon Lester got pounded by Pittsburgh for 10 runs in two-thirds of an inning in his most recent start.

The second thing we tend to look at are the park factors.