Cubs’ and the three reasons they need to keep Jose Quintana

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Chicago Cubs: Left-handed help needed in the bullpen

As nice as it is for Quintana to be a starting insurance policy, the Cubs probably need him even more in the bullpen.

Chicago lacks in quality left-handed arms. Kyle Ryan has continued to struggle, and Brad Wieck was transferred to the 45-day IL on Tuesday.

Quintana has not made too many appearances out of the bullpen. It could very well take some getting used to as more of a regular role.

Nevertheless, they could use his stoicism and change of pace in the middle innings. Not to mention, Quintana might thrive in an environment where he does not need to go through the lineup multiple times over.

Granted, the Cubs are running a five-man rotation. Quintana is undoubtedly needed as a starter if Chatwood cannot get healthy.

But Quintana could still be a bullpen guy down the road, especially if the Cubs turn to a four-man rotation in October.