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Cubs Make Blockbuster Trade With White Sox For P Jose Quintana

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Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for four prospects

The Chicago Cubs acquired starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for a collection of prospects in outfielder Eloy Jiménez, right-handed pitcher Dylan Cease, first baseman Matt Rose, and infielder Bryant Flete.

Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA over 18 starts in 2017, with 109 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings, and was an All-Star last season. Quintana is under club control through the 2020 campaign.

The Cubs, who needed a jolt from their first-half doldrums, got the pitcher they needed to not only give them a chance to catch the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, but afford them a shot to defend their World Series title. South side management has been public about their disinterest to trade with their Windy City partners in the past, and it is evidenced by the fact that the last trade between those two teams happened in November of 2006.

The Cubs might have given up a lot here-in addition to Jimenez, Cease is the No. 83 prospect according to Baseball America-but it seems like they are taking a gamble and banking on catching some lightning in a bottle.

Is Jose Quintana the savior the Cubs need to pull them up from below.500?

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.

The 22-year old Rose was an 11th-round pick by the Cubs in the 2015 MLB Draft, and is hitting.227/.281/.481 with 14 homers in high-A this season. Still, they're prospects. Prospects don't always pan out and they certainly don't always become stars. Perhaps. It was a steep price for Epstein to pay to acquire him from the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but this was a deal worth making on multiple fronts.

Are Moncada and Kopech really more valuable than a known commodity like that? "But ultimately the Cub deal was far and away the most attractive given the potential impact of the prospects in that deal". He's had injury hurdles to clear in the past, including elbow ligament replacement surgery.

The first blockbuster Major League Baseball trade of the summer is in the books, and it is a doozy.

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