Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox in blockbuster 5-player trade

Rick Hahn Went to Hilarious Lengths to Keep Quintana Deal Secret

The first major trade domino has fallen. 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.

Jose Quintana, during his last start for the White Sox on July 8, heads to the other side of Chicago.

After winning the World Series in 2016, Chicago is 43-45 and languishing in second place in the weak NL Central, 5.5 games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers. The last time there was a trade between the two, the Cubs acquired Neal Cotts from the Sox for Carlos Vasquez and David Aardsma, back in November of 2006. The 20-year old Jimenez, signed as an amateur out of Cuba in 2013 for a $2.8 million bonus, is hitting.271/.351/.490 in 42 games in high-A this season, following a year where he slashed.329/.369/.532 with 14 homers and eight steals in A-ball.

This trade enables the Cubs to keep their young nucleus intact by trading only prospects, and adds to the White Sox's collection that gives them nine of the top 100 prospects in baseball, according to MLB.com. 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. All four Cubs prospects were with the Cubs' Class A affiliate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which indicates the White Sox valued long-term upside over an immediate impact at the big league level.

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. Still, they're prospects. Prospects don't always pan out and they certainly don't always become stars.

Jimenez is the big prize here.

The Cubs selected Cease in the sixth round of the draft in 2014.

Cease was one of the best pitchers in the Cubs' organization, with a 2.79 ERA and 74 strikeouts in just 51 innings of work at Single-A South Bend this season.

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