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Cubs get Jose Quintana from White Sox
Friday Jul 14, 2017 12:00am

(CHICAGO) – The Cubs and White Sox pulled off a blockbuster deal with the White Sox sending lefty Jose Quintana to their crosstown rivals for Cubs top hitting prospect Eloy Jimenez as well as top pitching prospect Dylan Cease. The Cubs are also sending Single-A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to the White Sox to complete the deal. Jimenez, a 20-year-old outfielder, is the No. 5 prospect in baseball. Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA this season after going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA last year. He has a career 3.51 ERA and fills an immediate and long-term need for the Cubs, who are short on starting pitching. They rank eighth in the National League in starter's ERA plus employ pending free agents John Lackey and Jake Arrieta. While the Cubs needed starting pitching, they did not want a rental. Quintana is under contract through 2020, earning $8.85 million, $10.5 million and $11.5 million in 2018-20. Epstein said that this trade wasn't made just for 2017. He wanted to optimize the window of offensive talent the team has for the next few years. Epstein said that the Cubs should announce Friday when Quintana will make his Cubs debut. Jimenez is batting .271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs at high-A Myrtle Beach. Cease was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA for Single-A South Bend.

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