White Sox Jose Quintana traded to Cubs for top prospects

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell who went 2-4 at the plate accrued one of his most important RBI of the year on Friday night

Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell who went 2-4 at the plate accrued one of his most important RBI of the year on Friday night

On Thursday, the Chicago White Sox traded left-handed starter Jose Quintana to their crosstown rivals the Chicago Cubs, for prospects Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Bryant Flete and Matt Rose.

Trailing Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games in the NL Central at 43-45, the Cubs shook things up in a big way by acquiring Quintana, a 2016 All-Star.

The Cubs gave up two of Keith Law's Top 100 prospects for the White Sox ace: Jimenez, now ranked No. 5 after a midseason update, and Cease, who entered the season ranked No. 86. The Cubs get Quintana, who was an All-Star a year ago and has made 32 or more starts while reaching 200 or more innings in each of the last four campaigns. While these are highly touted prospects, there's no guarantee they ever would have been contributing players with the Cubs' major league roster, whereas Quintana is a known quantity. All three were acquired in trades over the past year. @carlos_rodon55 and I say our final good bye to @jose_quintana24 and thank him for the good times here and making me feel right at home when I signed here.

The Sox chose to start rebuilding last July, and much like the December trades of Chris Sale (Boston) and Adam Eaton (Washington), getting high-end youngsters was the goal.

"We know we're getting a very quality, very consistent starting pitcher who's also a great person and great teammate", Epstein added.

The Cubs and White Sox have done deals in the past but it has become a rarity.

Cease also rates among the top-100 prospects according to Baseball America, coming in at No. 97 this season. Quintana is under team control through 2020.

The team's starting pitching has fallen off, so perhaps Quintana gives them the boost they need to rally and make the postseason.

The Cubs, who ended the longest championship drought in North American sport past year by winning their first World Series since 1908, will have their starting rotation bolstered by Quintana's arrival. "The first half has ended for me now, and I'm focused on the second half".

The Cubs' "core" includes players such as Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and Ian Happ.

"To Theo's credit, his people's credit, the entire Cubs organization, in the end, I think they saw what we saw, that from a logic standpoint and from a baseball standpoint, this deal just made too much sense for both sides", Hahn said. "Jose Quintana probably is more valuable for us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox". "Teams trade for other teams' good players". "Part of that process is that you've got to kind of remove what club it is and look more at who the prospects are".

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