Jose Quintana to the Cubs has made nearly too much sense ever since the Sox entered rebuild mode. Joining him on the trip to the South Side is righty Dylan Cease, who was universally regarded Chicago's second-best minor leaguer, and top pitching prospect.
With ZiPS projecting every Cubs starter, including Quintana, to perform closer to their established norms, this is the kind of rotation that can match up with any in baseball - including the Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers and Corey Kluber-fronted Indians. "We did. We own that".
"It's always tough to lose guys, but we also know as players it's part of the game". Entering the second half, the Cubs stand at 43-45 and 5.5 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. It's not that they can't, it's that they could conceivably choose not to, especially with Quintana in the fold through 2020.
The 28-year-old Colombian left-hander is 4-8 with a 4.49 earned-run average and 109 strikeouts over 18 starts this year in his sixth season with the White Sox.
How they should proceed is perhaps the hottest topic in Blue Jays' news these days, and there's been endless debate about what the team should do with two other veterans who only have 2018 left on their contracts. Join the Reviewing the Brew team!
The Cubs remain on the hunt for more controllable starting pitching. And the starting rotation has been shaky, with a 4.66 ERA that ranks 17th in the majors.
"I said one day I want to be here", said Quintana, who will make his Cubs debut Sunday against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
"We're certainly not looking to sell low on members of our core, and we hope to keep it intact, if possible, to win more World Series with this group", he said. It means one less cheap pitcher on DFS slates too! He's a valuable arm and he's affordable, and those don't come cheap on the trade market.
While the fans of both Chicago clubs can debate the merits of the deal for each of their teams, we need to take a look here from the fantasy perspective.
In 1998, the White Sox obtained Jon Garland from the Cubs in exchange for pitcher Matt Karchner. People are already thinking this is the move to get the Cubs over the top and with "control" for the next few years with Quintana.
The Cubs and White Sox have made franchise-altering trades with each other before.
Somehow the trade flew under the radar of the national media and these two Reddit users were the first to find out about the Chicago White Sox trading starter Jose Quintana across town to the Cubs for a haul of prospects.
"I think we've made great strides in the last 12 months", Hahn said.