Oh baby! It’s officially trade season in the world of baseball. We’ve been sitting on the edge of our seats waiting for the floodgates of the market to burst open, and this might be the trade that does it.
Earlier this morning, Jose Quintana was dealt from the Chicago White Sox to the Chicago Cubs for the No. 8 prospect, power hitting outfielder Eloy Jimenez, pitcher Dylan Cease, and infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete.
Not exactly what I imagined waking up to this morning.
This trade is beautiful for the baseball world and for both franchises. Here’s why:
- This trade finally busts the myth that teams can’t trade crosstown or between the division. It’s always been looked down upon in cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, but for what reason? Just so an amped up rivalry continues on without flare? Sox GM Rick Hahn and the Cubs front office entourage each helped their team move a step closer to what they’re looking to accomplish.
- For the White Sox, they add a big time prospect and arguably the best bat in their system with Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez, 20, is only in Single-A, but was in Miami earlier in the week for the Future’s Game. While he isn’t proven at the major league level, he certainly is a prospect worth taking a risk on. While Jimenez has been crushing lightbulbs with baseballs in batting practice, Dylan Cease has flown under the radar. The Cubs No. 2 prospect and ranked No. 63 in all of baseball, Cease has pitched his way into the minds of every Cubs fan looking ahead into the future. Cease, 21, has put up terrific numbers with thirteen games started and a 2.79 ERA. Although Jimenez is the more enticing piece of the package, Cease is a name to watch out for in the White Sox system over the next couple years. The other two prospects acquired, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete, don’t even crack the top 30 Cubs prospects, but Rick Hahn saw something he liked. The Sox now own 9% of the Top 100 prospects according to MLB Pipeline.
- For the Cubs, they add the best available piece to their rotation. Quintana is 28 years old, proven in the big leagues, and under team control until 2020 with club options for 2019 and 2020 worth $10.5 million. Quintana has dealt with his fair share of troubles this year and is currently sporting a 4.49 ERA with a 4-8 record this season, but since June 1st, Quintana’s ERA is just 2.70 while the Cubs starting rotations ERA since then is… not great. And if anyone can make Quintana even better, it’s Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio. This puts the Cubs back in a great position to contend for the NL Central and the World… hold on, Patrick. One step at a time. Also, it takes Quintana off of the market for teams like the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- A commonly asked question that I’ve seen on Twitter is, “was this return big enough for the (insert team name here)? I wish we could’ve gotten (insert Major League player here).” This trade gets done without the Cubs losing any of their current roster talent AND without the White Sox losing their minds. Quintana is perfect for the Cubs and four prospects is perfect for the White Sox. This comes out as a very fair deal and one that will be remembered for a long time in the city. See, GMs are doing what’s best for the team, not necessarily what makes the fans the happiest. When Eloy is hitting bombs at Guaranteed Rate and Quintana is pitching in World Series’ at Wrigley, I can’t imagine too many people will fret. This is the first crosstown Chicago trade since Neal Cotts and David Aardsma were swapped in 2006. The “stigma” of big crosstown trades is broken.
It’s a win-win for the Cubs, White Sox and Major League Baseball. Now sit back, relax and watch the dominoes fall across the league.