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Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cubs Pitching Rotation After Trade for Jose Quintana


In return for Quintana, a steady frontline starter who should bring consistency to a shaky Cubs' rotation, the White Sox landed outfielder Eloy Jimenez, the No. 5 prospect in baseball according to Baseball America's midseason rankings, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose and infielder Bryant Flete. The Cubs have acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox for a four-prospect package which includes top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, both teams announced. In 36 career minor league games (33 of them as the starter) he has a rock solid 2.54 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 rate, and he has lowered his walk rate each year to a 4.5 BB/9 rate so far in 2017.

Quintana doesn't turn 29 until January and is under team control through the 2020 season, during which time his price tag will come in at just under $30 million.

The Cubs and White Sox rarely make trades with other, having gone 11 years - since Neal Cotts went from the White Sox to Cubs in exchange for David Aardsma - without such a deal before Thursday. He's hitting.271 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 23 runs in 42 games at Class-A Myrtle Beach this season. They have potentially four postseasons with him, and his team-friendly contract is half of the money annually that comparable pitchers go for on the open market. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

Cubs president Theo Epstein was determined to find a young, controllable pitcher, who cannot only help them down this pennant stretch, but also the next few years. Names like Steve Trout, Pat Tabler, Bill Long and Larry Anderson may look familiar to those who have every Topps set from 1977 to '90, but over the last 70 years, the Cubs and White Sox haven't exactly made much news with their rare deals. While Bell helped the White Sox to the 1993 AL West division title, Sosa would, for better or worse, become a big part of Cubs history over the following decade.

Jimenez is the big prize here. He has struck out 109 batters in 104 1/3 innings.

It's a solid move for the White Sox in acquiring budding talent for their rebuild.

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