Crosstown Deal! Cubs Get Q From Sox

Jose Quintana

The deal is one more part of the White Sox huge rebuilding. Perhaps. It was a steep price for Epstein to pay to acquire him from the crosstown Chicago White Sox, but this was a deal worth making on multiple fronts. We've been willing to trade within our division, which has far more impact on our ability to compete.

Taking the top two prospects in the Cubs' organization is the latest case of the White Sox adding firepower to their own minor league system.

"We do feel we are closer in achieving our long-term goals today than we were yesterday", Hahn said. "We'd love to have a great prospect like (Jimenez) for the whole season".

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As for the White Sox, unbelievable how a few trades can replenish the entire farm system.

Jimenez, 20, is batting.271 (42-155) with eight home runs, 32 RBI and 23 runs scored over 42 games this season with Class A Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League.

Jimenez is now BA's No. 5 prospect and most have him pegged as an All-Star in the making. A power-hitting outfielder who projects as a middle-of-the-order type bat. Usually it occurs via the top of the draft or worldwide moves similar with what we did with Luis Robert a few weeks back. And while the addition of Quintana certainly bolsters the Cubbies' rotation, it looks like the team still is looking to load up on arms. Cease is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (18 R/16 ER) and limiting batters to a.213 average across 13 starts. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder struck out 74 in 512/3 innings. We've been playing from behind a lot. The left-hander is 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA in his past five starts entering the series opener with NY. King Felix has largely struggled since returning from injury, but he pitched six scoreless innings against the Athletics in his last start before the break. Cease, who is 21, is the overall No. 63 prospect as a pitcher.

He played in a few rehab games with Baltimore's minor league teams this week and fared well. Over the off-season they acquired numerous top prospects in trades with the most notable being Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech from Boston in the Chris Sale trade, as well as Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez from the Nationals in the Adam Eaton deal. Although Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are lower ranked prospects, the White Sox have successfully dealt Quintana on their terms. That being the case, this isn't a blockbuster move that is guaranteed to push the Cubs over the top.

But the truth is, we're three-and-a-half months into the season, and it's pretty clear that, without some sort of unforeseen revival, that rotation wasn't good enough to make the playoffs.

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