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Rizzo homers in the eighth Saturday- one of eight homers for the Cubs in two games in Baltimore

At the All-Star break they have a 43-45 record and are 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.

Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana throws in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., on June 6, 2017.

The Cubs were in need of an upgrade to steady their starting rotation, which now ranks 17th in Major League Baseball with a 4.66 ERA.

The Chicago Cubs have been looking for starting pitching in all corners of the league, so when it came via their own backyard it surprised everyone.

Though many are skeptical, Theo and the staff knows he can help them win now while being able to have him under control until 2020. For 2017, adding in the likes of Arrieta give the Cubs one of te deepest rotations in the game.

The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before. Quintana joined the #Chicago Cubs recently, a move that shows that the Cubs aren't simply going to wave the white flag on this current season despite the fact that they have a losing record here in mid-July.

It wasn't a big-name Chicago sports writer or ESPN that first got wind of the news - but a courageous pair of souls who took their information to Reddit.

Previous year I wrote that I wasn't ready to see a Cubs-Sox World Series until the Cubs won one first. We need to add starting pitching to make that happen. "And that's certainly our preference, because despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group".

In Quintana, the Cubs are getting a mainstay of the Sox's rotation.

The departure of the 28-year-old Quintana leaves a giant hole in Chicago's rotation. Gausman, who posted a 5.85 ERA during the first half of the season allowed a career-high four home runs and tied a career high of eight earned runs in just three innings in a 9-8 loss to the Cubs. While his surface numbers - 4.49 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP - don't seem all that appealing, there is plenty to love about his move to the National League. Jon Lester will take the mound on Monday against the Atlanta Braves, followed by John Lackey on Tuesday and Montgomery again on Wednesday.

Yes, the team has struggled this year, with its starters' ERA of 4.66 down from last year's 2.96 mark that was best in baseball, but who knows? "I just want to help this team and do my job". They deserved a world of credit. With the trades, we've acquired some very highly regarded, potentially impact, players. It's not been a superb follow-up to their World Series season, but it's far from over. Yeah, I think the Cubs could use a Quintana over a combination of a Montgomery/Butler, but honestly, given how he has pitched this year it isn't a vast improvement.

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