The White Sox and the Cubs never make trades. For whatever reason, they just don’t. Until Thursday morning. The White Sox had been dangling new-ace Jose Quintana after dealing Chris Sale to Boston in the winter. The crosstown Cubs on the north side stepped up to the plate with the prospect haul GM Rick Hahn on the south side craved.

Jimenez was the Cubs’ top prospect in baseball and a top-ten prospect in the game. Cease is a fireballer that could be a major bullpen piece for the Sox in the late innings in the not-so-distant future.

The return will sting Cubs fans, but it’s a fair baseball trade. You have to give to get, and the Cubs got a big piece while also relinquishing some of their top assets to a quickly-rebuilding team.

The Cubs sit 5.5 games out of first place at the all-star break, and Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer just shocked the baseball world by nabbing a cost-controlled, top-of-the-rotation interest. Milwaukee, Atlanta, Colorado, and Houston, among others, had interest, but the Cubs swooped in and got a frontline starter through 2020 that also can help them have a good second half and give them a chance to defend their World Series crown.

 

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