By: Alex Patt
The baseball world is shocked, the city of Chicago is shocked…a huge deal has been made between the Cubs and White Sox this morning. The Cubs have acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox in exchange for prospects Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. Theo Epstein and Rick Hahn made this deal under the assumption that this was not going to happen and that it was all talk…but it happened.
Quintana (28) has been one of baseball’s most consistent pitchers over the years, who has had bad luck with little run support on the South Side. An all star last year with a 3.20 ERA and 1.163 WHIP, it was the first season he had an above-.500 season record wise at 13-12. He is a career 3.51 ERA pitcher with a 1.25 WHIP but a 50-54 record with 68 no-decisions as a starter. His average full seasons from his debut in 2012-2016 include a 3.43 ERA, 30.2 innings, 1.25 WHIP and 200 inning seasons all but his rookie year. This year he got off to a bad start which blew up his ERA to the upper 4s, but has played so much better, more like Quintana as of recent.
What made Quintana so attractive to Theo is his club-friendly deal. He is controlled through 2020 and is owed $8,850,000 in 18′, $10,500,000 in 19′ and $11,500,000 in 20′. This is NOT a rental piece, he will be around for a few years.
As for the White Sox, their farm system is unreal right now. In addition to baseball’s #1 prospect, Yoan Moncada, the Sox now have Eloy Jimenez who is ranked as the #5 prospect by Baseball America and Dylan Cease who is #83 by Baseball America. Jimenez has unreal power, his current slash in high A is .271/.351/.841 slash in 42 games. Cease has a 2.79 ERA / 1.20 WHIP / 74 Ks in 51.2 innings with South Bend. They are a few years away but the Sox are looking to the future and their future is incredibly bright.
In the end of the day this is a win-win. The Cubs get their controllable starter who has shown consistency and the Sox get more big time prospects. Each side will welcome their new teammates with open arms.