The Cubs have set the first bar for trades

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The Cubs have set the first bar for trades

The Cubs, who now sit below.500 at 43-45, now rank fifth in the National League in team ERA at 4.10, but have failed to receive consistent performances from usual stalwarts such as Jon Lester (5-6, 4.25 ERA), Jake Arrieta (8-7, 4.35 ERA) and John Lackey (5-9, 5.20 ERA). In 36 career minor league games (33 of them as the starter) he has a rock solid 2.54 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 rate, and he has lowered his walk rate each year to a 4.5 BB/9 rate so far in 2017. He was 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA in 169 starts for the White Sox.

Hahn backed up those words Thursday, sending starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the South Side to the North Side for four prospects - outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete. "It ended up being a surprising dance partner for us, but I think a great baseball trade". Before the trade, they had MLB Pipeline's top prospect in the game with Yoan Moncada. Now, the Cubs could be moving onto even bigger things with the possible trade for Sonny Gray who is now at the top of the trade market. Looking at this season, his ERA is 4.49.

Is Jose Quintana the savior the Cubs need to pull them up from below.500? There wasn't any talk of mechanical issues or tip-pitching, so either he just wasn't as good as everyone thought or maybe the continuous rumors of where he would be pitching by season's end were upsetting a guy who sometimes let his emotions get the better of him on the mound.

With the Cubs' young stars still fresh off a World Series title and the White Sox collecting top prospects like baseball cards, the two clubs look set to have a stranglehold over the rest of the league for the next decade.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Seattle is the favorite on the road, as the Mariners are getting odds of -145 to win, while the White Sox are getting odds of +130 to prevail.

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"Any deal we make is about maximizing the future of the White Sox", Hahn said.

Rated as the No. 5 overall prospect by Baseball America, Jimenez batted.271 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 42 games with high Single-A Myrtle Beach this season.

Jake Arrieta: Won the NL Cy Young in 2015 and led the Majors in hits per nine past year. Since he's gone 2-1 in 7 starts with a 2.70 ERA across 40 innings while striking out 45.

Adding to the 28-year-old's value is his team-friendly contract. They have plenty of work to do to get their own operation back on a winning track. Quintana comes with a very controllable deal. That's exactly what they did by acquiring Quintana, and the time for them to make a run at surpassing the Milwaukee Brewers in the division is now.

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