Chicago White Sox Want Two Top Prospects for Jose Quintana

With a 5.5 game lead in the Central, the Brewers have some breathing room, but they're also one bad week away from looking up at the Cubs.

But the fresh start isn't just for Quintana, who recorded a 4-8 record with a 4.49 ERA for the White Sox this season. He was in his sixth season with the Sox and was the No. 1 starter for them this season.

Matt Rose and Bryant Flete are the two less-heralded members of this trade.

"I felt really good", Davis told MASN.

The victor for the White Sox could be top prospect Lucas Giolito.

The Cubs were seeing things weren't working for them on a number of fronts, including starting pitching, ranking just 25th in the majors in terms of quality starts.

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The potential issue with dealing for Gray, though, is that he, like Hendricks, also is eligible for arbitration at the end of the season.

The rebuilding project on the South Side of Chicago picked up more steam with Quintana's trade to the crosstown Cubs on Thursday. Quintana has struggle some this year, but the Cubs are a better fielding team than the White Sox and being in a pennant race should sharpen his focus.

But Quintana was one of the most well-liked players in the White Sox clubhouse, and the finality of the pitcher's long-rumored trade hit some players hard. Jose Quintana will be staying the Windy City and moving after the Cubs sent a rich prospect package which included Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease, their top two minor leaguers.

It was the first July goodbye for the Chicago White Sox.

In giving up Jimenez and Cease, the Cubs paid dearly, just as they did previous year when they sent prospect Gleyber Torres to the Yankees to get closer Aroldis Chapman.

Jimenez is batting.271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs at High-A Myrtle Beach. And you have two more players in that deal who could possibly be role guys on the White Sox. He is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA but was the losing pitcher in the All-Star Game Tuesday in Miami. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics. That's exactly what they did by acquiring Quintana, and the time for them to make a run at surpassing the Milwaukee Brewers in the division is now. So overall, the defense should improve behind Quintana which means he should approach his FIP numbers (4.01) and have a better chance of adding some wins for the first time in his career (50-54). He has pitched well in Wrigley in his career, and a move to the National League should help out his ERA quite a bit since he will face one less hitter per game. If they get the right return - more than the compensation value of what they'd get when he leaves as a free agent - that helps replace the prospects lost in the Quintana deal.

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