Jose Quintana is heading to the North Side of town. The two Chicago franchises made this Thursday a surprise trade: The White Sox sent lefty starter Jose Quintana to the Cubs in exchange for another remarkable prospect haul for ChiSox GM Rick Hahn, including: outfielder Eloy Jimenez (the No. 5 overall prospect per ESPN’s Keith Law) plus pitcher Dylan Cease and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.
This is the first all-Chicago trade since November 2006, when the White Sox sent Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez. However, it is the highest-profile deal between the teams since the White Sox sent a young Sammy Sosa and pitcher Ken Patterson to the Cubs for George Bell in 1992.
Rumors about Quintana’s trade have been around since the offseason, when the White Sox begun their rebuild by trading Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. Those two deals achieved huge return packages, and Thursday’s trade of Quintana ensured the same.
Quintana boosts the Cubs’ starting rotation, which has struggled after being excellent during last season’s World Series run. Quintana was a 2016 All Star and was one of the American League’s top pitchers in recent years. This season, his numbers are slightly down. He has a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts after posting a career-best 3.20 mark in 2016.
Jimenez and Cease, along with other acquisitions in this deal like first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete, have accomplished White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s goal of replenishing the farm system by trading one of his team’s top assets.
This deal helps the Cubs to stay in the National League Central race. The North Siders are 5.5 games behind the first-place Milwaukee Brewers and need a good impulse after a first half of the season full of struggles.
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