Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox

 

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Jose Quintana
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A student in business and producing for television and film at New York University, Cameron Deahl is a marketing and programming intern for MUBI, a movie streaming platform that features critically acclaimed and classic films. Outside of his educational pursuits, Cameron Deahl is an avid fan of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Chicago Cubs.

Despite winning the World Series in 2016, the Cubs entered the 2017 MLB All-Star break two games below a 0.500 winning percentage and five-and-a-half games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. However, on July 13, management attempted to bolster the team’s playoff probability by acquiring All-Star pitcher Jose Quintana from crosstown rival, the Chicago White Sox.

The Cubs sent the White Sox top prospects Eloy Jiminez and Dylan Cease as well as minor league infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose in exchange for Quintana, who had a 4-8 record and 4.49 earned run average (ERA) through 18 starts at the time of the trade. A native of Colombia, Quintana recorded a career-best ERA of 3.20 in 2016, when he was named an All-Star for the first time in his career and finished 10th in Cy Young voting. Quintana made his first start for the Cubs on July 16 and tied a Cubs record for most strikeouts in a debut appearance, with 12.

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Cubs Add Reliever Wade Davis in Off-Season

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Reliever Wade Davis
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A New York University student, Cameron Deahl graduated from Highland Park High School where he was an international finalist in four consecutive DECA competitions. A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Cameron Deahl attended game five of the 2016 World Series and was overjoyed to see the team win its first championship since 1908.

The 2017 Cubs will look similar to the team that won last year’s World Series, but there have been some changes. Armed with tremendous outfield depth, the Cubs shipped outfielder Jorge Soler to the Kansas City Royals in December in exchange for relief pitcher Wade Davis. The Cubs’ crowded outfield includes Ben Zobrist, Jon Jay, Jason Heyward, and Kyle Schwarber. Soler, who is just 24 years old, still has plenty of potential, but had an average season in 2016 following a promising debut in 2015.

Davis, meanwhile, is expected to be the Cubs closer in 2017. A former third round pick by Tampa Bay, he spent the past four seasons with Kansas City and recorded a combined 47 saves. A former starting pitcher, Davis owns a career record of 55-37 to go along with a 3.53 earned run average and 689 strikeouts through 776.2 innings.