The first blockbuster MLB trade of the summer is in the books, and it is a doozy.
The Chicago Cubs sent top prospect, OF Eloy Jimenez, along with minor leaguers Dylan Cease, Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana.
Yes, that's correct. The two cross-town rivals made a major deal with each other, which is rare enough as it is.
Add in the fact that Jimenez, 20, is the No. 5 prospect in all of baseball according to ESPN's Keith Law and Baseball America and you have the potential for a deal that will be scrutinized for years to come.
The 28-year-old Quintana is pitching to a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA currently, but has excellent stuff and has pitched to an ERA under 3.80 in each of the last five seasons. He's also under team control through next season, when he'd then become a free agent.
The Cubs might have given up a lot here--in addition to Jimenez, Cease is the No. 83 prospect according to Baseball America--but it seems like they are taking a gamble and banking on catching some lightning in a bottle. After winning the World Series in 2016, Chicago is 43-45 and languishing in second place in the weak NL Central, 5.5 games behind the division-leading Milwaukee Brewers.
The team's starting pitching has fallen off, so perhaps Quintana gives them the boost they need to rally and make the postseason.
The rebuilding White Sox, meanwhile, now have another player to add to their strong minor league system, which already boasts infielder Yoan Moncada and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech. All three were acquired in trades over the last year.