Emma: Rick Hahn Hits Again With Latest White Sox Blockbuster

Emma: Rick Hahn Hits Again With Latest White Sox Blockbuster

With a surplus of starting pitchers, the Dodgers best bet was to package an existing arm with prospects. Chicago hopes Quintana, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade Thursday, can aid an aging rotation, but first it will turn to Mike Montgomery (1-6, 3.75) against the O's. In this deal, the Cubs have set the market price for acquiring a mid-rotation starting pitcher.

Eddie Butler is the only starter whose ERA comes in under 4, and it's just barely so at 3.88 through 11 starts. Hahn said his team's return from the Cubs far exceeds any offer they'd previously received.

Lester's struggles were magnified right before the all-star break by his nightmarish start against Pittsburgh.

The Cubs are 5 1/2 games out of first, but that's workable. Butler is averaging under five innings pitched per start and Kyle Hendricks is still hurt.

Shaw has faced Quintana the most of any Brewers hitter, going 1-for-7 with a strikeout. But it's a great start.

Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts this season. If you prefer to take the Cubs' side, let's dive in. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his past five starts entering the series opener with NY.

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.

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Many fans want to hold onto the farm system and I get that, but I am sick and exhausted of this team being complacent, especially with all the Dodgers rumors. He's a free agent after the season, and his up-and-down 2017 might make the club hesitant to give him the money and the years he certainly will ask for (he'll be 32 next spring).

"This time of year, if you watch for prospects that are out of the lineup or get pulled mid-game for no reason, that probably means something is up", Milovich said. 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.

In Quintana, the Cubs are getting a mainstay of the Sox's rotation.

In the last year-plus, the White Sox have also added long-awaited and important bats to the mix, with Moncada, Jimenez, Robert, Collins and Burger forming what should be a talented young lineup. And because this is Reddit, of course both of the guys who posted about the then-trade rumor have butt-themed usernames. At just 28 years old, the lefty has three more seasons under contract beyond 2017 for a total of just $30 million.

Taking the top two prospects in the Cubs' organization is the latest case of the White Sox adding firepower to their own minor league system. While Bell helped the White Sox to the 1993 AL West division title, Sosa would, for better or worse, become a big part of Cubs history over the following decade.

You can't judge a trade before any of the pieces do anything on the field, you're essentially comparing hypothetical production at that point.

However, it's a fairly obvious move to hopefully propel the Cubs forward in the second half.