Cubs pay massive price to acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox

The Chicago Cubs have already added a major piece to their rotation by acquiring White Sox lefty Jose Quintana Thursday, but the defending World Series champions are reportedly not done yet.

After Chris Sale and Adam Eaton got traded last December, a lot of people had speculated that it would only be a matter of time before the Chicago White Sox move José Quintana as well.

The two teams shocked their fan bases with the announcement that the Cubs have acquired left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana in exchange for four prospects, including elite minor league outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease.

The White Sox also received Single-A level infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to complete the return package.

The Cubs trail Milwaukee by 5 1/2 games in the division at 43-45 after ending a 108-year championship drought last fall.

When looking at who Quintana will take starts away from with the Cubs, you have to look at John Lackey. This should help the Cubs' rotation, which has posted a disappointing collective 4.10 ERA this season.

The Cubs remain on the hunt for more controllable starting pitching. Let us know your thoughts in the comment box below!

By trading for Quintana, they brought in an elite starter who is under club control through 2020. According to Milovich, he was to be a late call-up to Myrtle Beach prior to the end of the 2017 campaign. "You just sort of wash out what happened in the first half, especially if you didn't have the first half you wanted (individually) to have".

The White Sox are in last in the AL Central but have now made a series of trades that leave them with one of the best crop of prospects in baseball. It won't be much, but anything is more than they'd get when he walks as a free agent (assuming a qualifying offer isn't remotely likely).

"The only thing that you can reiterate to everyone is obviously we've had one thing in mind every day: You come, you prepare, you try to win a ballgame, everybody has to do what they have to do to contribute to that particular aspect", Renteria said before Friday's game against the Seattle Mariners. Along with Cease, the South Siders get two lottery tickets in 18-year-old pitcher Jose Albertos and third baseman Vimael Machin. "And that's certainly our preference, because despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group".

"That's on us to play well, and whatever (President Theo Epstein) decides we need, we need", Lester said.

The Cubs won the World Series with Chapman closing in 2016, so they can be forgiven for splurging and giving up a guy who now ranks as Baseball America's No. 3 prospect. While his surface numbers - 4.49 ERA with a 1.32 WHIP - don't seem all that appealing, there is plenty to love about his move to the National League.

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