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White Sox deal starter Quintana to Cubs

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

This was the White Sox official goodbye to Jose Quintana when they traded him across town to the Cubs in exchange for four minor league prospects including outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease.

Though Quintana's numbers this season (4-8, 4.49 ERA in 18 starts) haven't been up to his career standard, the five-year veteran posted a minuscule 1.78 ERA across five starts in the month of June.

Quintana doesn't turn 29 until January and is under team control through the 2020 season, during which time his price tag will come in at just under $30 million.

The Cubs, who needed a jolt from their first-half doldrums, got the pitcher they needed to not only give them a chance to catch the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, but afford them a shot to defend their World Series title.

Rose, 22, is batting.227 (53-for-233) with 15 doubles, 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 65 games with Myrtle Beach this season.

Rumblings about a trade between the Detroit Tigers and the Chicago Cubs have been swirling around the baseball world the last several weeks, with names like Justin Verlander, Michael Fulmer and Daniel Norris popping up on the rumor mill.

This pairing could very well be what the Cubs and Quintana need to right their respective ships in 2017.

The White Sox are in a much different situation than the Cubs, which is what fueled the trade. Adding those prospects rose their farm system to the third best overall at the beginning of the season, and the addition of Jimenez and Cease might bump them up even more. He's been one of the most valuable pitchers in baseball over the last few years.

-The White Sox now easily have the top stable of prospects in baseball.

Jimenez is the big prize here.

Cease is considered the Cubs top pitching prospect despite not pitching above High A since being drafted in the sixth round in 2014. He's had injury hurdles to clear in the past, including elbow ligament replacement surgery. He made 12 starts last year in Eugene (2-0, 2.22 ERA, 44.2 IP, 66 K) and recorded 74 strikeouts over 51.2 innings this year with South Bend.

"We will miss Dylan and his potential", Epstein said.

It's a solid move for the White Sox in acquiring budding talent for their rebuild.