Cubs see Jose Quintana trade as commitment from front office

9:02 PM ET

BALTIMORE — Chicago Cubs players, as well as manager Joe Maddon, understand what the front office provided for them during the All-Star break and are committed to doing their part after a lackluster first half.

The addition of lefty Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox — one year after the Cubs added closer Aroldis Chapman also in July — means management isn’t messing around.

Cubs get Quintana from ChiSox for prospects

The Cubs acquired left-hander Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects, including outfielder Eloy Jimenez.

“They’re consistent,” first baseman Anthony Rizzo said Friday afternoon after welcoming Quintana to the team. “They believe in us just as much as we believe in ourselves…We have to play better. It’s plain and simple. We have to play better baseball and become the team that everyone loves again.”

The Cubs are far from the darlings of baseball they were a year ago as teams like the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers might be able to claim

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