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Trade Season for the Cubs, as One Big Trade

Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Transactions

The Chicago Cubs 2017 non-waiver trade period, added:

  • Left-handed starting pitcher Jose Quintana, 28, controlled through 2020 ($7 million salary this season, $8.85 million in 2018, $10.5 million club option in 2019 ($1 million buyout), $11.5 million club option for 2020 ($1 million buyout)).

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  • Left-handed relief pitcher Justin Wilson, 29, controlled through 2018 ($2.7 million salary this season, arbitration eligible in 2018).
  • Catcher Alex Avila, 30, free agent after this season ($2 million salary this season).

Subtracted:

  • Outfielder Eloy Jimenez, 20, top Cubs prospect, top 5-10 prospect in baseball, currently at High-A.
  • Right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, 21, top Cubs pitching prospect, top 50-75 prospect in baseball, currently at Low-A.
  • Third baseman Jeimer Candelario, 23, top five Cubs prospect, just outside top 100 prospects in baseball, currently at AAA.
  • Shortstop Isaac Paredes, 18, top ten Cubs prospect, currently at Low-A.
  • First baseman Matt Rose, 22, outside top 30 Cubs prospects, currently at High-A.
  • Infielder Bryant Flete, 24, outside top 30 Cubs prospects, currently at High-A.

When you see it laid out in this way, the Cubs dealt a number of very good prospects, most of whom are very far away from the big leagues (increased risk factor) for three and a half years of Jose Quintana, one and a half years of Justin Wilson, and a rental of Alex Avila.

The Cubs had a very good trade season here in July, setting themselves up very well not only for the stretch here in 2017, but also for 2018 (and, in Quintana’s case, beyond). If nothing else, the Cubs front office did an excellent job ensuring that they won’t too easily squander the 2017 and 2018 portion of their current competitive window.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.