The Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox completed an inter-city blockbuster trade that will send LHP Jose Quintana to the Cubs. The Cubs will send top prospects OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Dylan Cease to the White Sox, with infielders Bryant Flete and Matt Rose.
The Cubs have played a relatively disappointing season compared to how they played last year when the won their first World Series in 108 years. Today's acquisition shows that the Cubs are looking to have a strong second half of the season in their attempt to reach the postseason. The Cubs are 43-45 and sit in second place in the National League Central, 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.
The White Sox entering the trade had a top-five farm system, and now after acquiring the Cubs' top two prospects, they arguably have the best farm system in baseball.
Quintana, 28, is under club control until after the 2020 season. He is 4-8 in 18 starts this season, with an ERA of 4.49. Quintana is a very durable starter, pitching more than 200 innings during the past four seasons.
Jimenez, 20, in 42 games in Low-A Myrtle Beach, is batting .271 with eight home runs and 32 RBIs. Jimenez is the eighth highest ranked prospect in baseball on MLB.com's ranking of the top 100 prospects.
Cease, 21, has a fastball that can reach the high 90's. In High-A South Bend, Cease is 1-2 in 13 starts with a 2.79 ERA. Cease is ranked as MLB.com's 63rd best prospect in baseball.