Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for tip prospects

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CHICAGO — The Cubs and White Sox pulled off a blockbuster understanding with a White Sox promulgation lefty Jose Quintana to their crosstown rivals for Cubs tip attack awaiting Eloy Jimenez as good as tip pitching awaiting Dylan Cease.

The Cubs are also promulgation Single-A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to a White Sox to finish a deal.

“It’s a form of understanding we’ve been looking to make for a prolonged time,” Cubs boss Theo Epstein said. “It finished adult being a startling dance partner for us though we consider a good ball trade all around.”

Jimenez, a 20-year-old outfielder, is a No. 5 awaiting in baseball, according to ESPN’s Keith Law.

Jose Quintana understanding a Windy City win for both Cubs and White Sox

The singular North Side-South Side barter landed a fortifying champs a top-flight starter and a rebuilding Sox even some-more tip prospects.

Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA this deteriorate after going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA final year. He has a career 3.51 ERA and fills an evident and long-term need for a Cubs, who are brief on starting pitching. They arrange eighth in a National League in starter’s ERA and occupy tentative giveaway agents John Lackey and Jake Arrieta.

While a Cubs indispensable starting pitching, they did not wish a rental. Quintana is underneath agreement by 2020, earning $8.85 million, $10.5 million and $11.5 million in 2018-20.

Epstein pronounced that this trade wasn’t done usually for 2017. He wanted to optimize a window of descent talent a group has for a subsequent few years.

“Jose Quintana is almost some-more profitable to us during this impulse in time than he is a White Sox,” he said. “Our prospects during this impulse in time are some-more profitable to a White Sox than us.”

Epstein pronounced that a Cubs should announce Friday when Quintana will make his Cubs debut.

“It is always intensely formidable to trade a chairman and actor like Jose Quintana,” White Sox ubiquitous manager Rich Hahn pronounced in a statement, “but formidable as it was, this understanding moves us closer to a idea of building a group able of contending for mixed championships over an extended duration of time. Jose, a scouts and coaches via a classification merit a extensive volume of credit for his growth from a teenager joining giveaway representative signee to one of a many sought-after talents in a game.”

After winning a National League final deteriorate on a approach to a World Series title, a Cubs enter a second half this deteriorate during 43-45 and 5.5 games behind Milwaukee in a Central Division.

Any some-more moves will count on how a Cubs get out of a embankment in a second half, Epstein said.

“This understanding gives a possibility to step behind and consult a rest of a market,” he said. “A lot will count on how we play.”

The White Sox are in final in a AL Central though have now done a array of trades that leave them with one of a best stand of prospects in baseball.

Jimenez is batting .271 with 8 homers and 32 RBIs during high-A Myrtle Beach. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

Hahn pronounced a White Sox set a cutoff for what it would take to get Quintana and started holding offers.

“Ultimately, that yielded not usually this offer we got from a Cubs though others we felt were above that line,” he said. “But eventually a Cub understanding was distant and divided a many appealing given a intensity impact of a prospects in that deal.

“Sunday morning, we reached out to Theo to demonstrate that we felt something was going to occur with Q in a entrance days and to have a transparent clarity of what it would take for them, if they were interested, now was a time to engage. we would contend that over a subsequent 48 hours, things ramped adult substantially. We strictly concluded to a understanding final night.”

This is a initial time a Cubs and White Sox have been trade partners given Nov 2006, when a White Sox sent Neal Cotts to a Cubs for David Aardsma and Carlos Vazquez.

The White Sox and Cubs haven’t done a trade involving a former All-Star given 1992. The Cubs traded former AL MVP George Bell to a White Sox for Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson.


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