White Sox Jose Quintana traded to Cubs for top prospects

New York Yankees’ Starlin Castro left gets the throw in time on the attempted steal by Boston Red Sox’s Tzu Wei Lin during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston Saturday

New York Yankees’ Starlin Castro left gets the throw in time on the attempted steal by Boston Red Sox’s Tzu Wei Lin during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Boston Saturday

The trade between the two teams in 1992, however, was one to remember: The White Sox traded Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson to the Cubs for former MVP and All-Star George Bell.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana from the crosstown White Sox in exchange for top hitting prospect Eloy Jimenez, top pitching prospect Dylan Cease, and Class-A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. His season ERA sits at 4.49 with a 1.32 WHIP, but in his last 30 innings, he's posted a 2.43 ERA and 1.11 WHIP.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this week that Quintana was among the starting pitchers who the Twins could be interested in at the trade deadline.

Based on the return for Quintana, the Twins might have to give up a top prospect in order to acquire a pitcher like Straily or Gray.

But Quintana is 28.

Just as that $155 million megadeal symbolized a franchise on the rise, this Jose Quintana trade with the White Sox becomes a shot of adrenaline for the defending World Series champs.

Then user wetbutt23 jumped in to make a correction: The deal actually involved four prospects, not big-league players. "Part of that process is that you've got to kind of remove what club it is and look more at who the prospects are. And that's certainly our preference, because despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group".

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Mozeliak and Girsch can't worry about what the Cubs are up to.

Making a trade with the Twins would be tricky and probably involve some backlash.

The Cubs, who ended the longest championship drought in North American sport last year by winning their first World Series since 1908, will have their starting rotation bolstered by Quintana's arrival. It stands to reason, given his past resume and June success, that Quintana will be back to his usual self during the second half.

The potential issue with dealing for Gray, though, is that he, like Hendricks, also is eligible for arbitration at the end of the season. Baseball-reference uses defensive efficiency rating (DER) to measure the percentage of balls in play a team converts into outs. The news broke by the White Sox and Cubs both sending tweets and press releases. A division opponent just made it clear they are trying to compete now, and as the current first place team, the Brew Crew need to take that as a message. Thus far in 2017, he has a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts, this after posting a career-best 3.20 ERA a season ago.

While his 2017 performance hasn't been up to his usual high standards, he's been much better over the last month.

The Sox, meanwhile, get more big pieces for their massive rebuild. Two young players playing in the low minor leagues at this point.

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