Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for top prospects

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana pitches during the first inning of an MLB game at Minute Maid Park Sunday

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana pitches during the first inning of an MLB game at Minute Maid Park Sunday

In 1973, the Cubs traded nine-time All-Star Ron Santo to the White Sox for a total of four players, including future Cy Young victor and current White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone.

Chicago made a major deal on Thursday when the team acquired starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the crosstown White Sox for some top prospects. He has eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 42 games this season, but more importantly, he can do devastating things at the plate ... like break stadium lights. He has pitched well in Wrigley in his career, and a move to the National League should help out his ERA quite a bit since he will face one less hitter per game. They're only 43-45, 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, and things are even worse in the Wild Card standing.

And as much as I'd love to see the Cubs win two championships in a row, the rational side of me says that they're much more likely two win two in three years. He topped 200 innings every year between 2013-16, and his 3.35 ERA in that time ranked 34th in the Majors.

If the Cubs want to repeat as World Series Champs, the pitching needs to step up.

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On the other end of the spectrum, the Cubs get one of the best pitchers on the market to shore up their rotation, and he's signed through the 2020 season at a bargain price.

Though at first glance his 4-8 record and 4.49 record may seem alarming, it is not as bad as it seems. "Jose Quintana probably is more valuable for us at this moment in time than he is to the White Sox".

But while acquiring the 28-year-old southpaw from the White Sox does help the Cubs both now and in the future, it alone doesn't solve all of the ills impacting the 2016 World Champions, both now or in the future.

But the fresh start isn't just for Quintana, who recorded a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA for the White Sox this season.

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Quintana is among the American League leaders in games started (tied for fifth) and strikeouts (tied for eighth). Feinsand reported that Sonny Gray posted a 1.71 ERA over his final three starts of the first half of the season.

With Quintana added to the roster Friday, righty Dylan Floro was optioned back down to Class AAA Iowa again. "As we've discussed with many of you frequently over the years, we've been trying to add controllable, talented pitching to this core that we have".

However, the Cubs do not have enough in their minor league system after the Quintana trade. The combination of dealing Adam Eaton, Chris Sale, and Quintana have netted them almost all of those prospects and more.

That is par for the course for the White Sox who have been the model to follow when rebuilding an organization. So, the A's see this as a ideal time to trade him since he's pitching well and he's healthy.

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