Chicago Cubs land LHP Jose Quintana in trade with Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs land LHP Jose Quintana in trade with Chicago White Sox

Chicago Cubs land LHP Jose Quintana in trade with Chicago White Sox

With this big trade out of the way, the Cubs front office can focus on addressing remaining needs while not waiting three additional weeks to make a much-needed upgrade to the starting rotation. I was just about to post an article in which I said there was no way Quintana would be coming to the Cubs. Over the off-season they acquired numerous top prospects in trades with the most notable being Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, as well as Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal.

Breaking down the actual package of prospects, Jimenez is the real keeper in this trade.

According to a variety of rankings, the White Sox now have a staggering nine prospects in the Top 100 in the game. Verlander is six years older. The Cubs outfielder missed all of last season with a knee injury.

The Cubs' scouting and analytics departments also came away encouraged by Quintana's upside despite his slow start. It has been an opposite tale this year as he is hitting.178 on the season, which is one of the worst batting averages in the majors.

There are plenty of online forums full of trade rumors, but it's surprising when one turns out not only to be accurate, but to be the first source of information on a story. The move to the National League, where he will face a pitcher instead of designated hitter, should bring about an even tastier increase and his already solid 9.40 K/9 could spike even more.

Cease, 21, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (16 ER/51.2 IP) in 13 starts with Single-A South Bend this season. He went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA past year and made his first All-Star team.

Quintana is under contract for the next three-and-a-half seasons for about $34 million (although that could go up a bit if he meets incentives for his option years). In the meantime, Chicago (38-49) will continue to rely on a patchwork of young players and proven veterans during the season's second half.

"Ultimately, that yieled not only this offer we got from the Cubs but others we felt were above that line", he said.

That part of the equation is especially important, as the Cubs are likely going to lose both John Lackey and Jake Arrieta to free agency this offseason. For the future, the Cubs will have at least another starter to join Lester and Hendricks.

Many analysts see Lackey and Arrieta walking out the clubhouse doors to bigger and better things after this season. Hahn said it was hard to part ways with Quintana, who emerged as a quiet leader in recent seasons and inherited the role of team ace after left-hander Chris Sale was shipped to the Boston Red Sox.

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