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In a midnight trade as soon as the clock changed over to April, the White Sox have finally agreed to trade their ace. Jose Quintana, hero of Team Columbia, is packing his bags and moving 10.5 miles north to lace up his shoes for the 2017 Chicago Cubs.  There has been trade talk involving Quintana since the trade deadline last year but all reports have indicated that the asking price has been just too high for teams to bite. However, it looks like the Sox’ asking price of Kris Bryant was just right for the Cubs. “Quintana brings a stable presence to the rotation that we felt was missing when Jason (Hammel) left in the off season”, said Cubs manager Joe Maddon. “Lester still won’t throw to first and Arrieta is all but gone when his contract is up. With Q, we get 4 years of solid pitching depth. All we had to give up was a former top prospect who had already reached his peak.”

The player Maddon was referring to is of course reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant. Bryant, who hit .292/.385/.554 with 39 homeruns and 102 RBI. While Cubs fans might be upset with the prospect of losing a player of Bryant’s caliber, there is no guarantee he will ever recreate his miraculous 2016. Quintana has been the picture of consistency as he has pitched at least 200 innings every year for the past 4 years, with a career ERA of 3.41. “It hurts to lose Q but with Bryant we really increase the overall attractiveness of our club”, said Rick Renteria, manager of the White Sox, when speaking to reporters this morning. “I really feel that Bryant will be a big draw for fans and we expect to sell out at least 30 games this year.” It is unclear at this point if Bryant will start at third base or if he will come off the bench when Todd Frazier needs an off day. If I had my guess, I would expect Renteria to start him at DH on Opening Day while he gets his bearings at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Rick Hahn, general manager for the Sox summed up the feeling on the south side perfectly. “We really felt that this deal was too good to be true. I thought only a fool would believe it when Theo first called with the offer but here we are.”

 

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