In a blockbuster deal, the Chicago White Sox have traded LHP Jose Quintana across town to the rival Chicago Cubs, in exchange for Minor League prospects Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. According to ESPN’s Keith Law, Jimenez is ranked 5th overall among Major League prospects, and Cease is considered to be the Cubs No. 1 pitching prospect among their ranks.
When asked about the trade, Cubs President Theo Epstein said, ” It ended up being a surprising dance partner for us but I think its a great baseball trade all around. Jose Quintana is probably more valuable to us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox.”
Quintana, 28, has been a formidable starter for the White Sox this season, with a 4-8 record, a 4.49 ERA, and a 1.323 WHIP. Since entering the Majors in 2012, the White Sox have been Quintana’s only team, which he recently earned his first All-Star appearance with in 2016.
The Cubs, who have been looking to boost their starting pitching, look to Quintana as a long term asset that can raise their team’s combined ERA and enhance their defense as they enter the playoff push. As of now, the Cubs are still 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the race for the National League Central, and are tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for second place.
Epstein plans to announce Friday when Quintana will take the mound for the first time in a Cubs uniform.