Cubs’ crosstown Quin­tana cap­ture

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

The Chicago Cubs signed left-handed pitcher Jose Quin­tana from crosstown ri­vals the White Sox on Thurs­day in a trade that could shake up the Na­tional League Cen­tral race.

By land­ing the 2016 All-Star, the Cubs have shown they are not giv­ing up on a dif­fi­cult sea­son af­ter ar­riv­ing at the break two games un­der .500. The World Se­ries cham­pi­ons trail Mil­wau­kee by 5 1/2 games in the division at 43-45. The Cubs be­lieve they are set up to con­tend for years to come with stars such as Kris Bryant and An­thony Rizzo.

By trad­ing for Quin­tana, they brought in an elite starter who is un­der club con­trol through 2020. They had to give up two top prospects in out­fielder Eloy Jimenez and right-handed pitcher Dy­lan Cease along with mi­nor-league in­field­ers Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

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