The move to the National League, where he will face a pitcher instead of designated hitter, should bring about an even tastier increase and his already solid 9.40 K/9 could spike even more.
Ironically, this trade has little to do with 2017. -Theo Epstein on the addition of Quintana to the Cubs. So, this was more about the next three seasons than it was about this season.
However, things haven't gone quite as planned for the Cubs who find themselves looking up at the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and also facing the possibility of missing the playoffs this year. Quintana's North Side debut will undoubtedly be much anticipated. Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 12, 2015, in Chicago. "They showed the highest level of aggressiveness and willingness to part with premium talent in Jimenez and Cease". Coupling Quintana with long-term assets like Lester and Kyle Hendricks gives the Cubs a leg up on next year and beyond. They were early contenders to win the division title before falling behind the Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, and this team can play better.
White Sox pitchers Derek Holland and Carlos Rodon posted a hysterical tribute to Quintana with a clubhouse video set to the tune of Boyz II Men's It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday. Many are. The Cubs and White Sox did what?! They add Jimenez and Cease to their stable of top prospects, including the No. 1 prospect in the game in Yoan Moncada, and now have seven of MLB.com's top-100 prospects.
About 13 hours after KatyPerrysBootyHole had passed along wetbutt23's information, the deal was announced: Quintana for four prospects. Who cares? It made sense, so they made the deal. That is a ridiculous sum for an organization that two years ago had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Mariners lost 10 of their final 14 games before the All-Star break and slipped into fourth place in the American League West. Left-hander James Paxton (7-3, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for Seattle in the series opener. His secondary offerings are a bit behind, but if he develops a credible changeup he could be a top of the rotation arm.
Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are the two less-heralded members of this trade. Jimenez has been playing in the Carolina League with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
Other teams were reportedly interested in Quintana, but Hahn said the Cub deal was by far the most attractive offer they received for their starter.
As for the White Sox, fantastic how a few trades can replenish the entire farm system.
It might have been the red wine talking when reporters spotted him in a San Diego hotel, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon called it winning the baseball lottery when Jon Lester chose to sign with a last-place team during the 2014 winter meetings.
The big loser in this deal will be Mike Montgomery in the short term and Eddie Butler in the long term.