Quintana, 28, is 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA this season after going 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA a year ago.
Meanwhile, you know the deal with the Yankees: the rotation has faltered after a hot start, and most notably, just when he seemed to be finding his form, Masahiro Tanaka threw in another clunker last Sunday against the Brewers, again making you wonder if he'll ever dominate with any consistency.
In the past four seasons, Quintana has over 200 innings each season with an ERA never over 4.00. The 20-year-old outfielder has been in Class-A Myrtle Beach for the duration of the season thus far and was selected to play in the All-Star Future's Game this past Sunday. But since a rocky April, Quintana's pitched much better, and he's held opponents to a.213/.289/.333 line since June 1.
The Cubs could use consistently good.
Cubs starters now own a 4.68 ERA (16th in the MLB).
"Now, the rotation can be set up as [Jon] Lester, [Jake] Arrieta, Quintana, [Kyle] Hendricks and probably [John] Lackey". And even with Quintana, it still might be. Now, Hahn likely put out calls to other teams like the Houston Astros before pulling a deal with the Cubs, but it's still relatively early for big moves.
The White Sox got a solid package of prospects in return for their ace, and headlining that package are the top two prospects in the Cubs' farm system.
The Cubs, who badly were looking for a controllable pitcher with Jake Arrieta and John Lackey eligible for free agency in a season, struck gold with Quintana, 28. As revenue grows, that might be backup-catcher money by 2020.
Cease is considered the Cubs top pitching prospect despite not pitching above High A since being drafted in the sixth round in 2014. Jeimer Candelario, Mark Zagunis, Charcer Burks, and others may not be stars on the positional side, but they could come up and help in a pinch.
The immediate effect for the Cubs is inserting a durable left-handed starter with an All-Star background into a rotation that has been their Achilles heel all season. How big of a trade is this?
Epstein is the savviest baseball executive since Branch Rickey, so if he thinks Quintana's his guy, I won't spend too long second-guessing him.
Quintana helps answer that question.
So what about Jimenez? Verlander is six years older.
Then user wetbutt23 jumped in to make a correction: The deal actually involved four prospects, not big-league players. Nobody's got Aaron Judge's power, but Jimenez could end up in the next tier of enormous man-beasts with the likes of Miguel Sanó and Joey Gallo. Big League Stew readers might remember his Roy Hobbs-type light-tower shot from a Single-A Home Run Derby a few weeks ago. But the White Sox and Cubs managed to do just that while pulling off a trade that could alter the landscape of baseball in this city for the next decade.