José Quintana acquired from White Sox in crosstown blockbuster

  • José Quintana acquired from White Sox in crosstown blockbuster

José Quintana acquired from White Sox in crosstown blockbuster

White Sox acquired INF Bryant Flete, OF Eloy Jiménez, RHP Dylan Cease, and 1B Matt Rose from the Cubs for LHP Jose Quintana. Jose Quintana will be staying the Windy City and moving after the Cubs sent a rich prospect package which included Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, their top two minor leaguers.

Quintana spent part of six seasons with the White Sox, going 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA and pitching over 200 innings in four of those years. He is signed through 2018 with club options for 2019 and 2020.

After winning the World Series in 2016, Chicago is 43-45 and languishing in second place in the weak NL Central, 5.5 games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs and White Sox rarely make trades with other, having gone 11 years - since Neal Cotts went from the White Sox to Cubs in exchange for David Aardsma - without such a deal before Thursday.

Rose, 22, is hitting.227/.281/.481 with 14 homers in 65 games in Class A-Advanced.

Jimenez, 20, is the fifth-best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America and renowned for his power.

After that, the video takes on a amusing mood as the pitchers offer to give away some of Quintana's White Sox gear that he'll no longer need.

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.

Cubs president Theo Epstein was determined to find a young, controllable pitcher, who cannot only help them down this pennant stretch, but also the next few years. Perhaps. It was a steep price for Epstein to pay to acquire him from the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but this was a deal worth making on multiple fronts.

In the 28-year-old Quintana, the Cubs have added what they wanted for this season's push toward the playoffs and beyond. In 51 2/3 innings in A-ball this season, he's struck out 74, walked 26, and pitched to a 2.79 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. The Cubs have the boost for the win-now mode they're in amid a championship window, and the White Sox have reaffirmed their commitment to doing the rebuilding process the right way, from the ground up through a farm system that's been further replenished.