Chicago Cubs: Jose Quintana
Chicago White Sox: Bryant Flete, Mott Rose, Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez
What a shocker. I do not think anyone saw a trade coming between the windy city teams. It is the first time they have done business together since 2006! In my opinion both teams are “winners” in this trade. I’ll explain why.
How do the Cubs benefit?
The Cubs are in second place in the NL Central right now, 5.5 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers. Many people, including myself, believe the Brewers may fall off in the second half of the season. The Cubs will have a chance to make a push in the division, but if they want to do so they needed to get healthy and upgrade their starting rotation. There really is not much they can do on the health side of things, but they could definitely make moves to upgrade their rotation and they did. Their rotation was one of the key pieces to their success last season. The Cubs are in win-now mode and giving up a lot of their farm system is not something they are worried about. Instead, they get a top-end of a rotation arm in Jose Quintana. His numbers in the first half do not look great, but he has starting to get hot in his recent starts. He is also under contract until 2020. The Cubs can only hope Quintana keeps up that hot streak and helps them down the stretch.
How do the White Sox benefit?
Yes, Quintana was under control until 2020. However, was he going to be on top of his game until then? Would they be in contention at that point? Would they be able to bring back so much if they waited a year or two? Too many questions for the White Sox to wait and hold onto Quintana. Instead, they traded him away for a great package of four prospects. Lets break down the prospects real quick.
Bryan Flete: Flete can play 2B, 3B, SS and has also seen some time at the corner outfield positions. He is 24-years old and is batting .305 with 6 HR and 37 RBIs through 70 games so far this season in High-A. He will most likely be at the Double-A level by the end of the summer for the White Sox. He is more of an organizational depth player for the White Sox. He may eventually get to the MLB level, but will not have that much of an impact.
Matt Rose: Rose is a first baseman and was drafted in the 11th round of the 2015 MLB Draft. He is in High-A right now, but has struggled with his approach at the plate so far this season. He is only hitting .227, but he has 14 homers on the year. If he can make adjustments at the plate and keep up the pop, he can be a solid power hitter in the future.
Dylan Cease: Cease is the number 2 prospect on the Chicago Cubs top 30 prospects list by MLB.com. Cease is a right-handed starting pitcher that was drafted out of high school in 2014. In his 120 1/3 career minor league innings, Cease boasts a 3.29 ERA and a 165/67 strikeout/walk ratio. So far this season in Low-A he has registered a 2.79 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 51 2/3 innings of work. Cease is one of the main reasons the White Sox pulled the trigger, but he is not THE reason.
Eloy Jimenez: Jimenez is THE reason the White Sox made this trade. He was the Cubs’ number 1 prospect and the number 8 prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com. Jimenez is an outfielder that is only in High-A as of now, but is projected to possibly be ready for the MLB by mid-2018. Through 42 games at High-A the 20-year old is hitting .271 with 8 homers and 32 runs batted in.
The White Sox already had one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and they just added onto it. Jimenez will be the number 2 prospect in their system, while Cease will be the 8th. They may be struggling right now, but oh boy is their future bright!