Jose Quintana to Cubs among most notable crosstown trades

Lynette Rowe
July 16, 2017

Hahn backed up those words Thursday, sending starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the South Side to the North Side for four prospects - outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete. Perhaps, but this feels like a "we want to win now" move while the veteran rotation, which is still underachieving, is still there.

As for how the Pelicans may fare with three of their top contributors now elsewhere, Milovich best describes that as a mixed bag. "We'd love to have a great prospect like (Jimenez) for the whole season".

The deal is one more part of the White Sox huge rebuilding.

Now, who would have thought that he'd still be wearing a White Sox uniform in July? Eloy was batting.271 with six doubles, eight home runs, and 32 RBI in 32 games this season. But coming into the season he had never had a year with an ERA over 3.76 - this despite playing in the bandbox-like Guaranteed Rate Field and while pitching in the American League.

Jimenez is now BA's No. 5 prospect and most have him pegged as an All-Star in the making. If you're a White Sox fan, I think today was your day.

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The Cubs won the World Series with Chapman closing in 2016, so they can be forgiven for splurging and giving up a guy who now ranks as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder struck out 74 in 512/3 innings.

The White Sox didn't budge on asking for a hefty package of players for Quintana, and they had their demands met by the reigning World Champions.

Cease is MLB.com's No. 63 overall prospect. The 22-year old Rose was an 11th-round pick by the Cubs in the 2015 MLB Draft, and is hitting.227/.281/.481 with 14 homers in high-A this season. Unfortunately, he is a low average, high strikeout guy in the minors and those guys rarely ever develop into solid big league players.

Prospects always carry an inherent element of risk, of course, but on paper this is a very good haul for the White Sox (Jimenez and Cease were the only two Cubs prospects on that BA list, btw). The Cubs do know that moving forward they have Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks, and Quintana on the books. That end of month series between the two teams at Miller Park just took on a little more significance, and it'll be interesting to see if the Brewers now feel pressured to make a move in response. We make sure we have multiple looks and a high level of comfort with anyone before we put any specific proposals out there.

Hahn said earlier this season that he was willing to do business with the Cubs, but speculation continued that he would really deal with the crosstown rival. He needed some time to process all that.

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