White Sox Trade Jose Quintana to Cubs For Top Prospects

DENVER, CO - JULY 08: Starting pitcher Jose Quintana
DENVER, CO - JULY 08: Starting pitcher Jose Quintana /

White Sox trade ace to crosstown rival Cubs in exchange for top prospects. The South Siders get a nice return for its best starting pitcher.

It finally happened. The Chicago White Sox finally traded Jose Quintana according to a twwet by Jon Morosi on Thursday. However, the White Sox didn’t trade Quintana to the New York Yankees or Houston Astros. They traded Quintana to the Chicago Cubs.

Yes, you read that correctly. Quintana is now a member of the defending World Series Champion Cubs. The White Sox will receive the Cubs top two prospects in outfielder Eloy Jimenez (8th overall) and pitcher Dylan Cease (63rd overall) along with first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete.

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Quintana’s name has been mentioned in many trade rumors since this past offseason when Chris Sale was traded. However, the Cubs and White Sox hadn’t been linked to any trade, despite the Cubs need for another starting pitcher. With the Cubs 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central, they needed to make a trade for a starting pitcher and they didn’t waste much time in acquiring Quintana.

Although crosstown trades between the White Sox and Cubs are rare, this trade filled needs for both teams. The Cubs needed a solid starting pitcher and they not only receive that in Quintana, but they also get him with a team friendly contract. Quintana can pitch for the Cubs through 2020, and he should certainly get more run support from their offense then he did with the White Sox. The White Sox receive an outfield and pitching prospect to go along with their current rebuild.

This season, Quintana is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA. Quintana had a solid month of June after he started the 2017 season poorly. His last start in a White Sox uniform came on July 8 against the Colorado Rockies. In that contest, Quintana lasted 5.1 innings while recording 10 strikeouts against the Rockies.

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The White Sox continue to stockpile prospects as they’re rebuilding. With the trade of Quintana, they have gained more top prospects and will most likely continue looking to trade other valuable assets. Expect more trades from the White Sox before the trading deadline on July 31.