Cubs make first big move, set trade price for starting pitcher

Chicago Cubs trade for Jose Quintana: Chicago White Sox get top prospects Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease

The Chicago Cubs added a major piece to their underperforming rotation on Thursday, dealing for Chicago White Sox lefty Jose Quintana from their crosstown rival.

#WhiteSox have acquired OF Eloy Jiménez, RHP Dylan Cease, 1B Matt Rose & INF Bryant Flete from the Cubs in exchange for LHP José Quintana.

Quintana is off to a rough start this season and carries a 4-8 record and 4.49 ERA, but he has been very good since the start of June: 2.70 ERA, 1.20 ERA in seven starts. The 28-year old Quintana is controllable through 2020 via a pair of club options, meaning that the Cubs achieved their goal of acquiring a starting pitcher to bolster their rotation that was *not* a rental.

For 2017, the Cubs just got a huge 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 have made franchise-altering trades with each other before.

Rose, 22, is hitting.227/.281/.481 with 14 homers in 65 games in Class A-Advanced.

The Boston Red Sox were able to get Sale for four prospects, but it involved two of the best ones in baseball in infielder Yoan Moncada and pitcher Michael Kopech. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

The list of players who have been LESS valuable than Jose Quintana over the last four years includes Madison Bumgarner, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Stephen Strasburg, Chris Archer and Jacob deGrom. He did the same thing a year ago in going and getting Aroldis Chapman when it became clear that the Cubs needed an upgrade at closer. They White Sox have netted 11 prospects in return in those deals, five of which are rated among MLB.com's 70 best. He was the Midwest League's Most Valuable Player in 2016.

Jimenez is the big prize here. Obviously, part of that can be attributed to the fact that the White Sox now have the worst record in the American League at 38-49. He's had injury hurdles to clear in the past, including elbow ligament replacement surgery. He certainly has a big ceiling on him.

This blockbuster trade was a flawless combination of players for both teams.

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