The Cubs have spotted the surprising Milwaukee Brewers a 5.5-game lead in the NL Central division. They trail the first-place Milwaukee Brewers (50-41) by 5½ games. If Chicago can somehow bring in Gray to join an already impressive staff, it's hard to imagine the team not making a second-half surge. And the starting rotation has been shaky, with a 4.66 ERA that ranks 17th in the majors. "He's a potential front end of the rotation starter, three-plus pitches and tremendous makeup".
"This is the type of deal we've been looking to make for a long time", Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.
Entering this season, there were definitely high hopes for Quintana which failed to materialize.
Right now, though, let's talk about what this means for the Cubs and the 2017 season. While not having Torres in the long-term will hurt the Cubs, they finally won a title, so you're willing to forgive that kind of move.
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There's also another issue lingering over the bill in the House that could lead to changes to the measure. Then there's the fact Democrats used their majority to pass a bill detested by almost all Republicans.
Cease also doesn't have numbers that jump off the page, but scouts say he has a plus plus fastball to go along with a really good curve.
Just two butts. One famous, one wet - hanging out on Reddit discussing the biggest trade of the day for all the world to see. Our goal is to win more. Going into 2018 with Lester, Quintana, and Hendricks as their top three starters would not be a bad thing for the Cubs, though they'd likely need to acquire another starter, especially if Hendricks doesn't rebound like expected. By a lot. Through just the first half, he walked 40.
But Quintana is only part of the answer to the Cubs' rotation woes.
The 28-year-old Colombian left-hander is 4-8 with a 4.49 earned-run average and 109 strikeouts over 18 starts this year in his sixth season with the White Sox.
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The group, said Epstein, won the World Series and has a goal of winning more, but starting pitching was needed for that to happen. As for how the Pelicans may fare with three of their top contributors now elsewhere, Milovich best describes that as a mixed bag.
Cease, 21, was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 13 starts at low Single-A South Bend this season. "We're going to continue to have to do the things that are necessary to give us an opportunity to play the baseball that we want to play".
Jimenez, 20, is the fifth-best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America and renowned for his power. But Epstein and Hahn both made it known that no deal would get done without either prospect being included.
This will be the fourth-ever series between these teams, and just the Cubs' second trip to Baltimore. They deserved a world of credit. If the Cubs make them a strong offer, then we don't foresee much standing in the way of a deal. That's exactly what he told me when he traded me: "'I think I'm trading you to the right team where you can get back on track.' That's exactly what happened".
"Dylan Cease was a player we coveted in the (2014) draft", Hahn said. The Cubs traded former AL MVP George Bell to the White Sox for Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson.
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