Jose Quintana, during his last start for the White Sox on July 8, heads to the other side of Chicago. Quintana is signed through 2018 with club options for 2019 ($10.5M) and 2020 ($11.5M).
The Cubs, whose curse-breaking 2016 World Series title made them a pop-culture phenomenon, were arguably baseball's most disappointing team in the first half, going 43-45 and falling 5½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. The last time there was a trade between the two, the Cubs acquired Neal Cotts from the Sox for Carlos Vasquez and David Aardsma, back in November of 2006. He's hitting.271 with eight homers, 32 RBIs and 23 runs in 42 games at Class-A Myrtle Beach this season.
Jimenez is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the game by Baseball America. He has a career 50-54 record and 3.51 ERA, but has been yielding a 2.70 ERA since the end of May. He did the same thing previous year in going and getting Aroldis Chapman when it became clear that the Cubs needed an upgrade at closer.
The White Sox are in a much different situation than the Cubs, which is what fueled the trade.
The Cubs and White Sox have not been frequent trading partners over the years, with this being just the fourth trade between the teams since 1992. He's been one of the most valuable pitchers in baseball over the last few years.
The bigger prize for the White Sox might be Cease. Obviously, part of that can be attributed to the fact that the White Sox now have the worst record in the American League at 38-49. "But ultimately the Cub deal was far and away the most attractive given the potential impact of the prospects in that deal". "Certainly, he is getting closer, pitching so well in high-A ball".