Brett Anderson

Cubs need not panic — but what about a deal for Jose Quintana?

Cubs need not panic — but what about a deal for Jose Quintana?

We will know the time has come to worry about the Cubs when Theo Epstein tells us.

That likely will arrive later rather than sooner, or maybe not at all if the World Series champions finally pick up the pace in what, so far, has been a victory lap of a season. Whenever the time for real concern comes — it's approaching fast — another team's general manager presumably will get the message first, in a phone call Epstein should make soon to improve a team that will struggle to repeat without addressing its spotty starting pitching and defense.

Imagine, for instance, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn hearing from Epstein. For the good of the Sox, Hahn even might want to initiate...

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