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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said the deal was not done as a reaction to the first half, which finds the defending World Series champions 5 1/2 games behind the Brewers in the National League Central.
"We're in the early stages of what we hope is a long run of a group of guys who we believe in," Epstein said of the core of talented young position players on the Cubs, such as Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Addison Russell. "This group has won one World Series. Our goal is to win more. We needed to add starting pitching to make that happen."
White Sox GM Rick Hahn talks about how difficult it was to trade Jose Quintana, and breaks down the package the club received from the Cubs
The Cubs were able to make the trade without touching any of the 25-man roster, which is their preference, Epstein said.
"Despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group," he said. "We're not looking to sell low on members of our core and we hope to keep it intact if possible and win more World Series with this group."
The Cubs' starting pitching hasn't been as dominant as it was last season, when the team won the World Series, and Quintana, 28, will definitely give the rotation a boost. The move also helps the Cubs' future, as Quintana is signed through 2018 with $10.5 million club options for '19 and '20, and he is under team control through the '20 season. The Cubs' Jake Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents after this season.
A year Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys ago, the Cubs acquired Aroldis Chapman from the Yankees for then-top prospect Gleyber Torres, believing the closer was necessary to get them to the World Series. That deal worked. The Cubs have hovered at .500 in the first half this year.
"Honestly, [this trade] didn't have a lot to do with the Brewers," Epstein said. "They're legitimate, a strong contender."
MLB.com's Richard Justice discusses the Cubs acquiring Jose Quintana from the White Sox in exchange for four prospects
Quintana, who will make his Cubs debut Sunday against the Orioles at Canden Yards, has spent all six Major League seasons with the White Sox and was the team's No. 1 starter this year. The left-hander was 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA and 109 strikeouts over 104 1/3 innings in 18 starts. He had a rough April and May, but posted a 1.78 ERA in five June starts, giving up six runs over 30 1/3 innings.
"Frankly, it's cheap jerseys incredibly difficult to trade a player like Quintana, perhaps even more so because of the type of person he is and what New York Yankees jerseys he's meant to this organization," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "The Cubs are getting not only a great pitcher who we expect will thrive for them, but also a tremendous clubhouse presence and a great person. It's not easy to let someone like that walk out the door."
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