MLB Trade Grade: Chicago Cubs Acquire Jose Quintana From Chicago White Sox

Over the last week, the Chicago Cubs have been linked to a number of pitchers ranging from Justin Verlander to Michael Fulmer to now Jose Quintana. The two Chicago clubs agreed to a deal that will send Jose Quintana to the Cubs in exchange for  OF Eloy Jiménez, RHP Dylan Cease, 1B Matt Rose, and INF Bryant Flete.

In the first half of the season, Jose Quintana has struggled mightily as he is posting a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA to go along with 109 strikeouts in 104.1 innings this season. Jose Quintana is a nice addition to a Cubs rotation that struggled with health issues all year. Jose Quintana will serve as the Cubs #3 pitcher going forward as he will remain under Cub control until he is a free agent following the 2020 season.

As for the Chicago White Sox, they acquired a large number of prospects to continue to improve their farm system. A couple of names that standout in this trade are outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease. Dylan Cease is a former 6th round draft pick by the Cubs and has been slowly developing in their farm system. Before being traded, Dylan Cease is at Single-A South Bend where he is posting a 1-2 win-loss ratio with a 2.79 ERA in 13 starts and 2 DL stints this year. Eloy Jiménez was an international free agent signed back in 2013 and has improved every year since being signed as a free agent. Eloy Jiménez has a high ceiling and can be a legit MLB prospect after a few more seasons spent in the minor leagues. This trade works out on both ends.

Final Grades

Chicago Cubs: A

Chicago White Sox: A


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