The Seattle Mariners, meanwhile, are preparing to move ahead with ace Felix Hernandez at complete health and hoping to discover a bit of his old form as the teams continue a three-game series on Saturday. "It is always extremely hard to trade a person and player like Jose Quintana", Hahn said in a statement provided by the White Sox after the trade. As for his early-season struggles, which produced a 5.60 ERA through the end of May, the Cubs say they aren't concerned. "We did. We own that. We know we can do better". They're only 43-45, 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, and things are even worse in the Wild Card standing.
This week's Cubs-White Sox blockbuster could be one that works out well for both teams, but there's no doubt that it was a coup for Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who traded a starter having a decidedly so-so season for the Cubs' top two prospects in Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. He has pitched 200+ innings, made 32 or more starts, and had a 3.51 ERA or lower the last 4 season. The Mariners lost 10 of their final 14 games before the All-Star break and slipped into fourth place in the American League West. Left-hander James Paxton (7-3, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for Seattle in the series opener. And you have two more players in that deal who could possibly be role guys on the White Sox. They still have Todd Frazier and David Robertson left to deal and that might not be all. "He certainly never complained, never threw his arms up in the air, never rolled his eyes, never expressed any displeasure with his teammates". Jimenez is the key piece for the White Sox. But the deal makes sense given each other's needs. Join the Reviewing the Brew team! And the starting rotation has been shaky, with a 4.66 ERA that ranks 17th in the majors. While his surface numbers - 4.49 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP - don't seem all that appealing, there is plenty to love about his move to the National League.More news: Mom arrested for using vehicle to tow kids
Quintana is scheduled to make his Cubs debut at Baltimore on Sunday.
"That's on us to play well, and whatever (President Theo Epstein) decides we need, we need", Lester said.More news: Jose Mourinho targeting two more signings for Man United this summer
The team selected Rodon with the third overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft and he has already made 54 career stars, but was sidelined with injuries to begin the year.
Epstein initially thought the chances of trading for Quintana were slim. If they get the right return - more than the compensation value of what they'd get when he leaves as a free agent - that helps replace the prospects lost in the Quintana deal. And after being pushed to the limit before finally ending the most infamous title drought in sports history followed by a short and hectic offseason, the Cubs have looked spent all season.More news: Olympic gold medalist fails drug test due to kissing girlfriend
"This may not be good for us in the short term", he said.
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