Defending champion Cubs trade for pitcher Quintana

Over the winter, GM Rick Hahn traded Sale and Eaton to Boston and Washington, respectively, for an outrageous stable of prospects.

This marks the first time the two Chicago ball clubs made a deal since November of 2006, when the White Sox traded pitcher Neal Cotts to the Cubs in exchange for pitchers David Aardsma and Carlos Vazquez.

The Chicago Cubs have acquired left-hander Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox for a haul of young talent, including their top prospect, Eloy Jimenez.

The Cubs also need starting pitching help this season. But the cost is considerable, and the inclusion of Jimenez shows just how dire things have become.

Having previously held discussions with others clubs that were advanced enough where the White Sox considered holding Quintana from starting on Friday in Denver, Hahn wanted to gauge the Cubs' interest. From 2015 to 2016, he had a slightly better ERA+ than Sale did. We've been willing to trade within our division, which has far more impact on our ability to compete.

The Cubs could use consistently good. In their run to the World Series previous year, the Cubs rotation went 81-39 with a 2.96 ERA. Additionally, Bryant is only in his Age 25 season. He got beaten up pretty badly to open the year and while he had a few starts to help rectify the ratio-damage done, another few setbacks continued to frustrate his owners.

The Minnesota Twins now have an idea of what it will cost to acquire a proven pitcher who is under team control for multiple years. As revenue grows, that might be backup-catcher money by 2020. This adds to the already stacked Chicago farm system that now hosts nine top 100 prospects, two in the top ten and four in the top 25. Not only were the Cubs in dire need of an upgrade to make a run in the NL Central for 2017, there were serious questions about how they planned to fill out their rotation next year and beyond.

Cease has been a dominant pitcher since making his minor league debut, and though most of his work has come as a starter he is only averaging about 3.1 innings pitched per outing. You can read into the fact that this trade was made without touching the major-league team at all. "I think the Yankees are in a position where they can aim higher if they wait until the off-season".

So what about Jimenez? Prior to 2017, the 20-year-old was rated the No. 14 prospect in the game by Baseball America. You may remember, Chicago shipped off their then-top prospect, Gleyber Torres, and three other players.

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Also, look at what the Cubs gave up a year ago to get Aroldis Chapman.

The Cubs won the World Series with Chapman closing in 2016, so they can be forgiven for splurging and giving up a guy who now ranks as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect. But the Cubs have invested a lot of bonus money ($3.125 million in 2014) and time to resurrect Schwarber's season, which included an 11-game stint at Triple-A Iowa.

Taking the top two prospects in the Cubs' organization is the latest case of the White Sox adding firepower to their own minor league system.

  • Carolyn Briggs