Cubs acquire LHP Jose Quintana from the White Sox for OF Eloy Jimenez, RHP Dylan Cease, 1B Matt Rose and INF Bryant Flete
The Cubs added a controllable starting pitcher to the roster Thursday with a rare, and unexpected, deal with the White Sox. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer sent top prospects OF Eloy Jimenez and RHP Dylan Cease, along with prospects 1B Matt Rose and INF Bryant Flete to the Sox for LHP Jose Quintana.
Quintana is under club control through the 2020 campaign. And the lefty will make his Cubs’ debut Sunday in Baltimore in the first series after the break.
With the addition of Jose Quintana, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Jose Quintana, 28, was a 2016 All-Star and is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA (412 earned runs in 1,055 1/3 innings) and a 1.25 WHIP in 172 major league appearances, all but three as a starter, over the last six seasons with the White Sox (2012-17). He has made 32 or more starts while reaching 200 or more innings in each of the last four campaigns.
Last season, Quintana went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA (74 earned runs in 208 innings) and a 1.16 WHIP in 32 starts, earning his first-career All-Star nod. He set career highs in innings pitched (208), strikeouts (181) and wins (13) while limiting foes to a .246 batting average, .295 on-base percentage and .393 slugging percentage, good for a .687 OPS against. His batting average against to both sides of the plate was nearly identical, as right-handed batters hit .247 and left-handers hit .246. Quintana received Cy Young votes at the end of the campaign and went on to pitch in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Colombia.
Quintana has gone 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA (52 earned runs in 104 1/3 innings) and a 1.32 WHIP in 18 starts for the White Sox this season, averaging better than a strikeout per inning for the first time in his career (109 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings pitched), and remains on pace for his fifth-consecutive 32-plus start, 200-plus inning season in his career.
The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Quintana made his big league debut in 2012 and enjoyed his first full big league campaign a year later, reaching 33 starts and 200 innings for the first time in his career. He won nine games in 2013, 2014 and 2015 before his first double-digit win campaign in 2016. Among qualifying pitchers starting in 2013, Quintana has received the second-lowest run support average in the American League in that span.
The Arjona, Colombia native signed a Major League contract with the White Sox on November 10, 2011 after being released from previous minor league stints with the New York Mets and New York Yankees. Thursday’s trade gives Quintana the distinction of having been a member of the New York Mets, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs organizations.
Eloy Jimenez, 20, is batting .271/.351/.490 (42-for-155) with six doubles, eight home runs and an .841 OPS in 42 games with High-A Myrtle Beach this season. Jimenez originally signed with the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.
Dylan Cease, 21, is 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA (16 earned runs in 51 2/3) and 1.25 WHIP in 13 starts with Low-A South Bend this season. Cease has allowed 18 runs, 16 earned, on 39 hits with 26 walks and 74 strikeouts. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft.
Matt Rose, 22, is batting .227/.281/.481 (53-for-233) with 15 doubles, 14 home runs and a .761 OPS in 65 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was originally selected by the Cubs in the 11th round of the 2015 Draft.
Bryant Flete, 24, is batting .305/.355/.425 (84-for-275) with 15 doubles, six home runs and a .780 OPS in 70 games with Myrtle Beach this season. He was originally signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2012.
The Cubs announced Jose Quintana will make his debut on Sunday against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Cubs will send LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Jake Arrieta and LHP Jose Quintana to the hill against the O’s.
Kyle Hendricks will not be activated from the DL before making at least one more rehab start for Double-A Tennessee on Monday.
The Cubs have LHP Jon Lester, RHP John Lackey and Montgomery on the schedule for the Braves series in Atlanta.
Jose Quintana is under Cubs’ control through the 2020 season. Quintana is owed the remainder of his $7 million salary for this season ($3.5 million) and $8.85 million for the 2018 season. Quintana has club options for the 2019 and 2020 season. Quintana’s option for 2019 is worth $10.5 million and includes a $1 million buyout. For the last year of club control, Quintana has a club option worth $10.5 million for 2020 and it also includes a $1 million buyout.