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The Chicago Cubs have acquired ace Jose Quintana from the White Sox in a major trade between crosstown rivals.

You can read why the deal was good for the White Sox side as well here.

Bolstering Epstein's point is that Quintana is under club control through the 2020 season. Chicago has just two of its five season-opening starting pitchers under contract for 2018: Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks.

Jimenez will be joined by RHP Dylan Cease and two infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.

"The Cubs are getting not only a great pitcher, who we expect will thrive for them, but also a tremendous clubhouse presence and a great person", Hahn said.

Sure, now we have Corey Seager, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias because we decided not to buy in, but out current farm does not have that kind of superstar potential. The contents of the package were good enough to convince general manager Rick Hahn to part with Quintana, who blossomed during his 5 1/2 seasons with the White Sox.

For Quintana, the Cubs gave up their No. 1 ranked prospect outfielder, Eloy Jimenez, a two-time Futures Gamer whose power profile resembles Giancarlo Stanton's. "We view him as one of the most exciting prospects in the game today".

"I mean, that's what happens this time of year", Counsell said. Usually it occurs via the top of the draft or global moves similar with what we did with Luis Robert a few weeks back.

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Quintana was at least a player of interest to the Brewers as well.

This season, the craft lefty has a 4-8 record and a 4.49 ERA. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder struck out 74 in 512/3 innings. After his final start in a Sox uniform, against the Rockies on Saturday, he said he wasn't anxious about a possible deal.

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made starting pitcher Gerrit Cole available but at a high price. Other sources (Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com) have Jimenez as a consensus top-10 overall prospect and top-3 outfielder. Eloy was batting.271 with six doubles, eight home runs, and 32 RBI in 32 games this season.

As recently as two weeks ago, Epstein evaluated prospects at Class-A Myrtle Beach, and his top evaluators also looked other players in the system to determine who was worth keeping or trading.

After they missed on closing out a Jose Quintana trade last offseason, the White Sox converted on Thursday morning and gave an already-impressive rebuild another layer.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Cubs are now 9/1 to win the 2017 World Series following the trade acquisition of Quintana on Thursday.

Jimenez made headlines last month after he hit part of a light tower during the High-A home run derby, and was almost the MVP of the 2016 All-Star Futures game as he wowed fans and scouts both on offense and defense.

As we all remember, the Chapman deal was essentially a rental.


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