In a blockbuster intracity deal, the White Sox traded Jose Quintana to the Cubs on Thursday for top two prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, as well as Bryant Flete and Matt Rose, the clubs announced Thursday.
Quintana, the White Sox's No. 1 starter and an All-Star last season, had spent all six of his Major League seasons with the White Sox.
The left-hander is signed through 2018 with $10.5 million club options for 2019 and '20, so he is under contractual control through the 2020 season.
Jose Quintana traded to Cubs in exchange for 4 prospects
The 28-year-old is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA in 18 starts this season, with 109 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings.
Jimenez, a 20-year-old outfielder, was the Cubs' No. 1 prospect and the No. 8 prospect in baseball, according to Cease, a 21-year-old right-hander, ranked as the team's No. 2 prospect and the No. 63 prospect in baseball. Flete, a first baseman, and Rose, an infielder, did not rank among the club's Top 30 prospects.
Trades between the Chicago teams are rare. The last time the Cubs and White Sox made a deal was on Nov. 16, 2006, when the White Sox traded Neal Cotts to the Cubs for David Aardsma and Minor Leaguer Carlos Vasquez.
According to's Jon Paul Morosi, the Yankees, Brewers and Astros were all involved in trade discussions about Quintana with the White Sox at various points in process.
Last season, Quintana went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA (74 ER/208.0 IP) in 32 starts, earning his first-career All-Star nod. He set career highs in innings pitched, strikeouts and wins while limiting foes to a .246 batting average, .295 on-base percentage and .393 slugging percentage, good for a .687 OPS against. His batting average against to both sides of the plate was nearly identical, as right-handed batters hit .247 and left-handers hit .246. Quintana received Cy Young votes at the end of the campaign and went on to pitch in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Colombia.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Quintana made his big league debut in 2012 and enjoyed his first full big league campaign a year later, reaching 33 starts and 200 innings for the first time in his career. He won nine games in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before his first double-digit win campaign in 2016. Among qualifying pitchers starting in 2013, Quintana has received the second-lowest run support average in the American League in that span.
The Arjona, Colombia, native signed a Major League contract with the White Sox on Nov. 10, 2011, after being released from previous Minor League stints with the New York Mets and New York Yankees. Today's trade gives Quintana the distinction of having been a member of the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs organizations.
Jimenez, 20, is batting .271 (42-for-155) with six doubles, eight home runs and 32 RBI in 42 games with Single-A Myrtle Beach this season. He originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.
Cease, 21, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (16 ER/51.2 IP) in 13 starts with Single-A South Bend this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft.
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. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2015 Draft.
Flete, 24, is batting .305 (84-for-275) with 15 doubles, six home runs and 37 RBI in 70 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.
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