5 reasons to love the Jose Quintana deal for the Cubs

5 reasons to love the Jose Quintana deal for the Cubs

5 reasons to love the Jose Quintana deal for the Cubs

The Cubs acquired pitcher Jose Quintana from the White Sox for four prospects in a move that caught people by surprise - including the left-hander's now-former teammates.

In exchange, the Cubs sent four prospects to the White Sox - outfielder Eloy Jimenez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA this season after going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA past year. Quintana is under club control through the 2020 campaign.

After dominating the National League last season on the way to a World Series title, the Cubs enter the second half this season at 43-45 and 5.5 games behind Milwaukee in the Central Division.

The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before. He is making $6 million in 2017 and will make $8.35 next season.

Cease, 21, is also a top-100 prospect, per most outlets, but he's on the low end (Baseball America had him 97th heading into this season).

Is Jose Quintana the savior the Cubs need to pull them up from below.500? Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

Rumblings about a trade between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs have been swirling around the baseball world the last several weeks, with names like Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris popping up on the rumor mill.

The White Sox are in a much different situation than the Cubs, which is what fueled the trade.

While the trade seemed inevitable with the White Sox looking to acquire younger players as part of a rebuild, it is a tough moment for the fans along with the players to say goodbye to the team's top pitcher. They White Sox have netted 11 prospects in return in those deals, five of which are rated among MLB.com's 70 best.

The Arjona, Colombia native signed a major league contract with the White Sox on November 10, 2011 after being released from previous minor league stints with the New York Mets and New York Yankees.

Jimenez is the big prize here. "But ultimately the Cub deal was far and away the most attractive given the potential impact of the prospects in that deal".

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