What many Chicago baseball fans thought would never happen actually happened.
The Cubs and the White Sox made a deal….a big one too.
The White Sox traded left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana to their cross town rivals, the Cubs, for four young prospects. The White Sox received hitting prospect Eloy Jimenez, top pitching prospect Dylan Cease and Class A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, according to ESPN. Jimenez, a 20-year-old outfielder, is the No. 5 prospect in baseball, according to ESPN’s Keith Law.
Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA this season. Last season, he finished 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA. He has a 2.43 over his last five starts—games that the White Sox won.
This trade is a win-win for both ball clubs. The White Sox are in rebuilding mode and will trade any starting player for the best young prospects to build a good team for the future.
The defending World Champion Cub are in a serious post-championship funk, but are in still good position to make the playoffs. They needed to boost their pitching staff to make that happen, because the current pitchers aren’t helping. The Cubs rank eighth in the National League in starter’s ERA.
The Cubs will also have Quintana under contract for a few of years. Quintana is under contract through 2020, earning $8.85 million, $10.5 million and $11.5 million in 2018-20, according to ESPN.
This is a great deal for both teams on paper, but we’ll see who got the better end of the deal in possibly five years.
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