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Reported Twins trade target Quintana dealt to Cubs

Reported Twins trade target Quintana dealt to Cubs

Hahn said the White Sox set a cutoff for what it would take to get Quintana and started taking offers. The Cubs are 43-45, well behind their 53-35 mark through 88 games last season, when they ended a 108-year World Series drought. In 36 career minor league games (33 of them as the starter) he has a rock solid 2.54 ERA with a 1.21 WHIP, 12.3 K/9 rate, and he has lowered his walk rate each year to a 4.5 BB/9 rate so far in 2017.

The Cubs are also sending Single-A infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete to the White Sox to complete the deal.

Some think the Cubs defense may bail him out some more as the White Sox defense is atrocious at best. If Quintana is able to deliver three extra wins before the trade deadline, that's a huge win for the Cubs because every game counts at this point as they try to make up ground on the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Chicago Cubs accomplished something they haven't done since 2006.

In return, the Cubs add an arm in left-hander Jose Quintana. There is definitely a chance the Cubs catch the Brewers with the addition of Quintana, but he is under club control through 2020. The World Series champs just have not been able to put it all together like they did so easily previous year - and manager Joe Maddon knows it.

The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before.

Prospects always carry an inherent element of risk, of course, but on paper this is a very good haul for the White Sox (Jimenez and Cease were the only two Cubs prospects on that BA list, btw). Hahn said he was direct that the deal had to begin with Jimenez and Cease. He has a career 3.51 ERA - all achieved in the hitter-friendly American League. He has eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 42 games this season, but more importantly, he can do devastating things at the plate ... like break stadium lights. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said letting him go was a hard choice for the rebuilding team. With free agency looming on marquee players, the Astros have a lot to consider between now and July 31st. He last pitched versus the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings and coming away with a no-decision despite striking out 10.

The other piece of the trade, Cease was 1-2 in Low-A South Bend this season, with a 2.79 ERA. The combination of dealing Adam Eaton, Chris Sale, and Quintana have netted them almost all of those prospects and more. Rose is 22 years old and barely in advanced A ball in his third professional season. It would have been nice to have a better landing here and gain some traction and be here for a long time and never play for another team, but it didn't work out that way.