The White Sox were far from done rebuilding when they made those two previously mentioned trades but they were well on their way. Well, the season got underway in 2017 before the White Sox made another franchise-altering trade. The Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs made a crosstown trade that helped one franchise immensely and put one that much closer to falling off.
The Sox sent Jose Quintana to the Cubs in exchange for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, and Bryant Flete. The Cubs were expecting Quintana to come in and be the missing piece of their rotation as the defending World Series champions. Well, Quintana never got back to the level he was at with the White Sox when he was with the Cubs. Meanwhile, Jimenez and Cease were given up as the Cubs’ top two prospects.
They have developed just as you would imagine top prospects would. Cease still has a lot to prove at the MLB level but he has all of the tools in the world. Jimenez is a different story. He legit might become one of the best power hitters in the world. He hit 31 home runs by accident in a rookie season that saw him on the IL twice. This is the third high-impact trade in the rebuild to round out what has been a very successful rebuild.
There is still a lot to be done on the south side. They need to go out and prove it now but they are well on their way. The roster gets better and better each day and these three trades have a lot to do wit that. Hopefully, these three deals are looked back on as the beginning of a championship producing rebuild.