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Cubs acquire Jose Quintana from White Sox for four prospects

The two then talked face-to-face during the All-Star break in Miami this week, ducking behind a Rawlings exhibit to avoid being seen.

If you can believe this Reddit post, though, two people can lay claim to being the first non-team officials to know about the deal thanks to a well-placed insider.

Forget that both of these teams reside in Chicago. But Epstein and Hahn both made it known that no deal would get done without either prospect being included.

Over the offseason, the Chicago White Sox loaded up on prospects when they traded their star ace Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, and outfielder Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. Should the Cubs hang around with the Brewers (and maybe the Cardinals and/or Pirates, who knows?) in the NL Central, one game can make a huge difference.

The Quintana deal helps the Cubs for 2017 and for the longer term. "The first half has ended for me now, and I'm focused on the second half".

Over 12 hours before the trade was announced, KatyPerrysBootyHole went to r/whitesox to hear if anyone had heard murmurs of the trade.

Jimenez is batting.271 with eight homers and 32 RBIs at High-A Myrtle Beach. Jimenez is not a fast baserunner but is intelligent and can be aggressive at times. The right fielder gives the White Sox a critical potential impact bat they needed as part of their plan as well as a hard-throwing right-hander in Dylan Cease, whom one American League scout described as a poor man's Michael Kopech, and two Single-A infielders. The disputed totals exceed more than $100 million for each of these five-year periods.

Jake Arrieta has alternated wildly between glimpses of his former, dominant self and debilitating innings that knock the Cubs out of games. "I just have control on throwing the ball well".

So what does this trade mean for the White Sox moving forward?

Quintana is about as great of an answer as you can get. "Fastball command and throwing my secondary pitches for strikes".

"I'm focusing on doing my job", Quintana said. Jimenez, Robert, Cease and Collins are among those still developing at the lower levels. Those types of trades generally cost a lot.

From the Cubs' vantage point, this was the right deal at the right time. He has a career 3.51 ERA and fills an immediate and long-term need for the Cubs as they're short on starting pitching.

Quintana has pitched better lately after a slow start and is joining a rotation that hasn't performed the way the Cubs envisioned. The 28-year-old is also signed through 2020, giving the Cubs more than the typical rental that would only last through the end of this season. But in this case, the Cubs were dealing from a place of major depth within their organization.

Eloy Jimenez makes an incredible catch in the 2016 Futures Game.

The White Sox went from one of the worst farm systems in baseball to arguably the best.

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