The Chicago White Sox were fortunate to have Jose Quintana for a lot of reasons. He was a great pitcher while he was there. Of course, fans are always going to remember the fact that Quintana was traded away to the arch-rival Chicago Cubs an in exchange, the White Sox received Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease amongst others. It was one of the most lopsided trades in either team’s franchise history and White Sox fans are happy to hear it.
With all of that said, Quintana was still a really good player while he was with the White Sox. The Cubs thought they would be getting that version of him when they traded their top two prospects for him. He pitched from the White Sox from 2012 all the way to the halfway point of the 2017 season. He was sent to the Cubs halfway through that year.
He pitched well enough on the White Sox to earn them that haul. He was an All-Star in 2016. He also got top-10 Cy Young votes for his efforts that season. It looked like Quintana had developed into one of the best pitchers in the league by the White Sox. They had him unlocked as a frontline starter. He had a 50-54 record with the Sox which is somewhat impressive when you think about how bad they were during the decade as a whole. He also had an ERA of 3.51 and a WHIP of 1.250. He may be remembered for what came with his departure but he should also be remembered for being a good player and an all-around good dude.