Brandon McCarthy says “it certainly seems likely” he’ll be traded

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Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy hasn’t exactly been having the best season. His performance on Friday against the Padres, in which he allowed one run over seven innings, lowered his ERA to 5.11. After the game, however, the start was said to have boosted his trade value.

Asked by the media about the possibility of being traded, McCarthy said “it certainly seems likely”, but it’s not something he worries about. Via Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Southwest:

“At this point, you become an asset the other way. Right now as a Diamondback, sometimes your best value is your future value and what they can get for you. I totally understand that side of the game. You accept it as reality, but it is not something I sit and worry about all the time, check every rumor. Just let it happen, and when I get a phone call and that happens, there you go.”

Along with the 5.11 ERA, McCarthy has an 87/18 K/BB ratio (a career-best) in 104 innings. Teams that have embraced newer methods of player evaluation may see McCarthy as a cheap buy-low option. ERA estimators such as FIP paint him to have been a much better pitcher than his results have indicated since he joined the Diamondbacks.

Cubs plan to activate Quintana for start against Pirates

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PITTSBURGH — Jose Quintana is back in time to help the Chicago Cubs’ playoff push.

The NL Central-leading Cubs plan to activate the left-hander on Tuesday and start him against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Injuries have dogged Quintana for much of the season. He’s appeared in just two games, both out of the bullpen, thanks to issues with his left thumb and a lat problem.

Quintana recently completed a 35-pitch session off the mound and Cubs manager David Ross said he plans to give Quintana “a little bit of a leash” in his first start since last Sept. 26.

There’s a chance Quintana could get another opportunity to pitch when the Cubs wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at the rival Chicago White Sox this weekend.

The 31-year-old Quintana is 83-77 with a 3.73 ERA, including a 33-23 record with a 4.26 ERA since being traded from the White Sox to the Cubs in July 2017.