Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Jose Quintana to Cubs among most notable crosstown trades

Jose Quintana to Cubs among most notable crosstown trades

With nine players in the Top 100 rankings, the White Sox could whiff on half of these players and still have the makings of a competitive ballclub. We've been willing to trade within our division, which has far more impact on our ability to compete. Teams now have the ability to ask for similar deals, due to a slim market for quality starting pitchers. In the deal, the Cubs gave up top prospect Eloy Jimenez, top pitching prospect Dylan Cease and a pair of infield prospects in Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

"Ultimately, that yieled not only this offer we got from the Cubs but others we felt were above that line", he said. This isn't an anomaly; he's ranked among the top 10 in quality starts since the start of the 2014 season, alongside the league's best aces. "We'd love to have a great prospect like (Jimenez) for the whole season". They're not as healthy, not as hungry, and not as sharp as they were past year. Jimenez is the key piece for the White Sox.

Somehow the trade flew under the radar of the national media and these two Reddit users were the first to find out about the Chicago White Sox trading starter Jose Quintana across town to the Cubs for a haul of prospects. A power-hitting outfielder who projects as a middle-of-the-order type bat. The Houston Astros and the New York Yankees are reportedly interested in acquiring him, but the asking price may be too steep even for them. Usually it occurs via the top of the draft or global moves similar with what we did with Luis Robert a few weeks back.

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Quintana helps now and for the future. After 5 terrific years to start off his White Sox career, Quintana, who expected to be dealt during the offseason along with Chris Sale, has been playing the worse baseball of his career: 4.49 ERA, 1.323 WHIP and an terrible 2.73 SO/W ratio. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder struck out 74 in 512/3 innings. With free agency looming on marquee players, the Astros have a lot to consider between now and July 31st. As for his early-season struggles, which produced a 5.60 ERA through the end of May, the Cubs say they aren't concerned.

Cease is MLB.com's No. 63 overall prospect.

A trio of former Myrtle Beach Pelicans will see things from a different vantage point starting Thursday evening. We knew Quintana was going to be traded - just like David Robertson will and likely a few others - it was just a matter of what the White Sox got back.

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