Philadelphia wants an established top-three for their rotation, and Quintana could be a bounce-back candidate. He’s given up only one home run in three starts at Citizens Bank Park and the Phillies can have him for two years.
Klentak has pushed for a left-handed starter while being cautious with the years, not wanting to put the organization in a hole down the road. Quintana is locked in for next year and has a team option with a $1 million buyout for 2020.
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Aaron Nola, Jake Arrieta, Jose Quintana, Nick Pivetta, and Zach Eflin aren’t the Four Aces rotation that dominated for the Phillies, but it’s a formidable group with a blend of youth and experience.
Chicago can cut back some payroll and pick up young players for both their major league roster and minor league system.
Both teams are in “win-now” mode, although Philadelphia is clearly a couple of steps behind the Cubs, who are perennial championship contenders under Joe Maddon.
If the package of prospects is strong enough, it’s hard to see the Cubs unwilling to make a move with a pitcher who hasn’t lived up to their expectations.