After ending two historic World Series droughts in a span of 13 years, we’ve come to learn that Theo Epstein moves at least a few steps ahead of the rest of the league. Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer traded for team-controllable, overall cheap pitcher Jose Quintana for a four-prospect package that included the Cubs’ top two names. Epstein and Hoyer were absolutely planning for this offseason, where Jack Arrieta and John Lackey are free agents. The former will command a huge contract, but it’s doubtful that’ll come with the Cubs. Yes, the money will be there for the Cubs. Harper and Kris Bryant have expressed interest in playing together and Sports Illustrated’s Peter Gammons believes Harper prefers to play in Chicago, which would reunite the two Las Vegas high school All-Stars. Harper, who is set to become a free agent after the 2018 season, will probably command the largest contract in MLB history. A lineup that features the two Las Vegas natives and Anthony Rizzo would be downright scary. Epstein has had a serious track record of success with trades during his tenure on the Cubs. He acquired Arrieta and Pedro Strop for Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger, he got Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villanueva for Ryan Dempster, and he pulled away Rizzo for essentially Andrew Cashner. Those are just three of the best. Always a few moves ahead, perhaps the Cubs front office was looking to the 2018 offseason when they traded for Quintana. There might not be room for Eloy Jimenez in the outfield with Bryce Harper on the North Side.
Aaron Judge has set a new major league record for most consecutive games with a strikeout by a position player. With his strikeout against Erik Goeddel in the ninth inning of the Yankees’ matchup with the Mets Wednesday night, Judge has now struck out at least once in 33 consecutive games. Judge passed Adam Dunn, who had the previous record of 32 straight games which he “accomplished” in 2012 with the White Sox. Give Judge credit though, he did go 2 for 5 on the night including a 457-foot home run in the Yankees win.