On Thursday morning, Hahn offloaded his last big trade chip, Quintana, to the crosstown Cubs for another outrageous pool of prospects: outfielder Eloy Jimenez, pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.
The defending World Series champion Cubs finished the first half of the season a disappointing 43-45, yet they believe they can get back into the playoff hunt.
In return, the Sox get the Cubs' top two prospects, 20-year-old outfielder Eloy Jimenez and top pitching prospect Dylan Cease, who gives the South Siders another up-and-comer who throws 100 miles per hour. He was 13-12 past year with a 3.20 earned run average. Jimenez is only 20 and has a.271/.351/.490 slash line in High-A with six doubles, two triples and eight homers in 42 games.
Also, starter John Lackey, 38, has been coping with plantar fasciitis in his right foot for at least his past couple starts. Jimenez is going to be the focal point of this trade, just like Yoan Moncada was the focal point of the Chris Sale trade during the winter meetings.
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.
There are plenty of online forums full of trade rumors, but it's surprising when one turns out not only to be accurate, but to be the first source of information on a story. Jimenez, who participated in the Futures Game on Sunday in Miami, produced an.841 OPS at high-Class A Myrtle Beach (S.C.) in the first half and is a lifetime.293 batter despite consistently being several years younger than the competition in his league.
That, and a whole lot more in this earth-shattering day in Chicago baseball on the White Sox Talk Podcast. The White Sox have been floundering this year and are in the midst of a lengthy rebuilding process. Under terms of the deal, Quintana will earn the balance of $7 million for 2017, $8.85 million in 2018, with team options of $10.5 million for 2019 and $11.5 million for 2020.
According to a variety of rankings, the White Sox now have a staggering nine prospects in the Top 100 in the game. This should help the Cubs' rotation, which has posted a disappointing collective 4.10 ERA this season. Cease posses a fastball that touches the upper 90s but his best pitch may be his curve if he can throw it for strikes. If they get the right return - more than the compensation value of what they'd get when he leaves as a free agent - that helps replace the prospects lost in the Quintana deal.
The talent screams future ace, but everything else suggests that Cease may end up being a high-leverage reliever.
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