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Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL TRADE4.49 ER DEADLINE FALLOUT: CUBS PAY HIGH PRICE FOR JOSE QUINTANA

Coming off their beyond historic World Series victory in 2016, the Chicago Cubs have paid a big price for that deep run into the postseason in 2017 to say the least.  Not only did World Series hero Kyle Schwarber fall flat on his face to the point he got demoted back to Triple-A for a few weeks; the pitching staff has been in shambled due to injuries and terrible on the mound performances thus far.  Clearly fatigue has taken down the numbers of Jon Lester, John Lackey, and Jake Arrieta; and Kyle Hendricks has been on the DL for weeks.  So in response, the Cubs swung a bold trade for Chicago White Sox ace Jose Quintana Thursday.  Quintana has really been only the ace in name only though as he has struggled for long stretches of the season but recently has been pitching his best ball of the year which no doubt made the Cubs feel more comfortable about the move.  In terms of Quintana, he moves across town with the following numbers:

4-8
4.49 ERA
1.32 WHIP
109 K in 104.1 IP

Clearly those numbers fall way short of what Quintana and his fantasy baseball owners were expecting this season.  Long a favorite of this peanut stand, Quintana has been one of the very best value plays among all pitchers the last four years in registering ERA's from 3.51 to 3.20, while also raising his K/9 rate each season as well.  In fact Quintana's current career-best 9.40 K/9 rate is his biggest selling point right now and count on him boosting that up even more now that he will operate in the National League.

Now in terms of the ERA and WHIP, Quintana has been fighting an uphill battle from what was a horrific start to the year.  Perhaps feeling the heat of being the staff ace once Chris Sale was traded, Quintana posted 5.22 ERA in April which was followed by an even worse 5.91 mark in May.  The biggest problem for Quintana was walks as his current 3.45 BB/9 is not anywhere in the ballpark of what he was doing in previous years and a 1.21 HR/9 has spiked as well.  With a .301 BABIP that is neutral, Quintana is pitching legitimately badly.  Again though, the move to the Cubs should help Quintana's ERA and WHIP take a fall, while he also boosts the K/9 like we noted earlier.  Yes the Cubs paid a big price in OF Eloy Jimenez who is the number 5 prospect in all of baseball, plus pitcher Dylan Cease, 1B Mike Rose, and infielder Bryant Flete.  In other words, the already insane White Sox minor league system just got better.

So if you were holding Quintana this whole time, things should begin to turn around now that he is in the National League.  The talent is still there at the age of 28 and so Quintana can be used liberally again.


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