The first big splash of MLB's trade season came Thursday, with the Chicago Cubs acquiring left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-hander Dylan Cease and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.
The move was no doubt made to bolster the Cubs' rotation, which, a year after having the best ERA in the majors (2.96), is now the 17th-best in all of baseball at 4.66.
Does trading for Quintana help the Cubs' chance to make the playoffs? Did the Cubs give up too much to their crosstown counterpart? Cast your vote below:
With the addition of Quintana, where do the Cubs stand among the National League's best rotations? Rank the crop of starting pitchers for the following teams:
The Cubs have a core group of mostly young players and are built to contend now, while the White Sox have been focused on rebuilding and adding top prospects in dealing away Chris Sale, Adam Eaton and now Quintana. Which Chicago team has the most promising years ahead? Take your pick:
Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 18 starts this season, striking out 109 over 104 1/3 innings.
The Cubs, who opened up the season as favorites to repeat as World Series champions, had the sixth-best odds to win the 2017 Fall Classic at the All-Star break, according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook. They head into the second half at 43-45, tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for second in the NL Central and 7 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot.
-- Alex Tekip