Cubs president Theo Epstein was determined to find a young, controllable pitcher, who cannot only help them down this pennant stretch, but also the next few years. I told them: "You're only saying that because you want to acquire him".
While Quintana, a controllable, frontline starter heads to the North Side, the Chicago White Sox add an elite outfield prospect in Eloy Jimenez. It's not a real ESPN sourcing controversy (which they've been much better about in recent years), but it is amusing that other media outlets will mention this and they won't.
The White Sox embraced the rebuild over the winter, trading away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in a span of two days in early December for a haul of prospects headlined by Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.
And hey, Jimenez didn't come alone either.
With the Boyz II Men song "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday" playing in the background, Holland starts on a sad Rodon leaning up against Quintana's locker.
Hawk Harrelson loves Jose Quintana.
Of course, it's not an apples-to-apples comparison.
Once Rick Hahn & Co. chose to part with Chris Sale and Adam Eaton - cost-controlled, All-Star caliber players in the primes of their careers for a surfeit of prospects - it only made sense to continue to build the strongest possible farm system. What was considered untouchable for the last decade or so has suddenly become the going rate for a proven asset with a moderate salary.
In case you're curious about whether or not the Cubs and White Sox make deals often, the answer is "no".
That farm system is absolutely loaded with impact talent.
The 28-year-old Quintana has had a down year this season, pitching to the tune of a 4.49 ERA as the White Sox have languished in last place in the American League Central Division.
But the Tigers and Cubs are no longer likely to be compatible trade partners after the defending World Series champions sent four prospects across the city to the White Sox in exchange for left-handed starter Jose Quintana. It's a huge upgrade in supporting cast for a pitcher whose supporting cast has repeatedly let him down over the years.
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