Deal or No Deal: MLB Trade Predictions 2 Weeks from the Deadline

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In today's digital age, it's rare - maybe even unprecedented - for a trade of this magnitude to fly under the radar until it's finalized and announced.

Internet communities have become so pervasive and mainstream at this point that they are often given the credence and respect of legitimate organizations.

Despite the late game home run, the story of the game was twofold: the bullpen and the offense.

That's what went down on Thursday morning when the White Sox sent pitcher Jose Quintana to the Cubs in exchange for four minor leagues - including outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease.

Montgomery is 0-0 with an 0.00 ERA over three innings in two career games against Baltimore, both coming last year.

According to ESPN, teams that trail by eight runs during a game are just 1-186 this season.

The departure of the 28-year-old Quintana leaves a giant hole in Chicago's rotation. The first two home runs came in the first innings from Willson Contreras and Kyle Schwarber.

The Chicago Cubs picked up a win to start the second half. Obviously, the Cubs are optimistic he'll be able to lower that ERA in the National League and in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark. Offensively, nearly every Orioles player contributed. So, operating on the theory that things can't possibly get any worse, the Orioles fully expect to bounce back in the second half.

The fact that the entire team contributed offensively is a good sign. The White Sox, meanwhile, sit in dead last in the AL Central with a record of 38-49. Only 2 Cubs were walked and 11 of them were struck out. The two teams discussed a deal over the winter but couldn't agree to terms. The bullpen stopped the bleeding that the starting pitching caused. Since the rumors of Russian mob money-laundering and Trump real estate properties have been swirling for months this smells to the high heaven.

Take The Money & Run-Crosby/Nash (1975) a Nash tune from the wonderful "Wind On The Water" LP which not only features the vocal melding of the singers but the fine backing work of The Section, Danny Kortchmar, Russ Kunkel, Lee Sklar and Craig Doerge along with the incomparable David Lindley. I kind of became a two-pitch pitcher out there.

Flete, 24, is batting.305 with six home runs and 37 RBIs in 70 games for Myrtle Beach.

MLB trade season is underway with a blockbuster move already in the books.

MARINERS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Robinson Cano hit a three-run drive on his first swing since connecting for the winning homer in the All-Star Game, helping James Paxton and Seattle Mariners beat the White Sox at Chicago. Davis just gets better as the inning progresses - the first batter of the inning usually has the best chance of getting a hit. After his final start in a Sox uniform, against the Rockies on Saturday, he said he wasn't worried about a possible deal. The Cubs bring Jake Arrieta (4.35 ERA) to the mound to face Wade Miley (4.97 ERA).