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Jose Quintana traded from White Sox to Cubs in all-Chicago swap

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Spencer Simpson | 14 July, 2017, 00:30

The reigning world champion Chicago Cubs have officially made the first splash of trade deadline season in the Major League Baseball, acquiring Jose Quintana from the White Sox for prospects. 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 has gone 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA (52 ER/104.1 IP) in 18 starts for the White Sox this season, averaging better than a strikeout per inning for the first time in his career (109 strikeouts in 104.1 innings pitched), and remains on pace for his fifth-consecutive 32-plus start, 200.0-plus inning season in his career.

For 2017, the Cubs just got a big jolt to a team that entered the All-Star Break two games under.500 and 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central.

The Cubs and White Sox were both winners in their blockbuster trade Thursday. Going into 2018 with Lester, Quintana, and Hendricks as their top three starters would not be a bad thing for the Cubs, though they'd likely need to acquire another starter, especially if Hendricks doesn't rebound like expected. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

He also did this shit during the Futures Game a year ago in San Diego.

In 1998, the White Sox obtained Jon Garland from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Matt Karchner. Still, they're prospects. Prospects don't always pan out and they certainly don't always become stars.

Deals between the Cubs and White Sox are relatively uncommon. He was the Midwest League's Most Valuable Player in 2016.

Jimenez, 20, was among the last of the Cubs' blue-chip prospects and although he lacked dominant power or speed to pair with his excellent hitting ability, he was ranked No. 5 in Baseball America's midseason top 100 rankings.

The bigger prize for the White Sox might be Cease. He has struck out 109 batters in 104 1/3 innings. He certainly has a big ceiling on him. 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.

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