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Cubs exercise José Quintana’s option

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The Cubs announced on Wednesday that José Quintana’s 2019 club option for $10.5 million has been exercised. Quintana has another club option for 2020 at the same amount with a $1 million buyout.

Quintana, 29, completed his first full season with the Cubs after coming over from the White Sox in a trade last summer. In 2018, he posted a 4.03 ERA with a 158/68 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings.

Quintana will slot into a rotation that currently includes Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, and Mike Montgomery. We should find out soon if the Cubs decide to pick up Cole Hamels‘ $20 million club option.

Trea Turner hits for the cycle

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Rockies, becoming the first National to hit for the cycle since, well, himself back on April 25, 2017… against the Rockies.

Turner led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to center field off of Peter Lambert. He singled in the second, tripled to lead off the fourth, and hit an RBI double as part of an eight-run seventh inning to complete the cycle.

Turner is the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season. The others:

After completing the cycle, Turner is hitting .286/.343/.494 with eight home runs, 25 RBI, 41 runs scored, and 20 stolen bases in 277 plate appearances this season.