by Kyle Stafford
The Chicago teams have officially set the market as the Major League Baseball trade deadline is approaching. Jose Quintana is headed across town to the Cubs in a trade where the White Sox hauled in a ton of prospects. Eloy Jimenez, who was the Cubs number one prospect according to MLB.com, was involved in the deal along with three other players.
The deal worked in favor of the White Sox who continues to bolster their minor league system, which already has Yoan Moncada, the number one prospect in MLB. The Cubs add a quality arm to a struggling rotation, although Quintana has not been consistent this season.
In the big picture, this trade will force many general managers to rethink their strategy heading into the deadline. Teams that are on the fringe have to consider bowing out of the race, simply because it doesn't seem like they'll be able to afford help.
This deal might affect the Rangers the most as they are a team that desperately needs help in both the bullpen and the back end of their rotation. Texas has been up and down all year, but are technically still in the wild card race.
General Manager Jon Daniels has to consider selling Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels to rebuild a depleted farm system.
With the price for starting pitching as high as it is, and multiple teams always in need of another starting pitcher, it would make the most sense for Texas to flip those guys for a boatload of prospects. While they might not bring in the same type of guys the White Sox did for Quintana, they should still be able to get at least one top prospect and some other solid pieces.
With so many teams still in the hunt for a wild card in the American League, we may see a hefty price tag on arms. The next few weeks are always fun from a fan perspective and this season should get very interesting.