Fast forward to Thursday morning, when the White Sox announced they had traded Quintana - for four prospects. In Jimenez, the White Sox are getting Baseball America's top outfield prospect and the number one outfielder.
Those prospects include outfielder Eloy Jimenez and pitcher Dylan Cease, along with infielders Matt Rose and Bryant Flete. But even if the Cubs could have gotten one of them for something similar to what they gave up for Quintana, that doesn't mean they should have.
Cease, 21, was 1-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 13 starts at low Single-A South Bend this season. Having Quintana and Jon Lester as a 1-2 in the rotation is a terrifying prospect for teams, especially clubs like the Dodgers that have difficulty in hitting left-handed pitching. Quintana is under club control through the 2020 campaign. Boston's charge to the top of the division before the break was fueled largely by Chris Sale and Mookie Betts, but scheduled starter Drew Pomeranz (9-4, 3.60) has also been excellent.
The Sox made a decision to start rebuilding last July, and much like the December trades of Chris Sale (Boston) and Adam Eaton (Washington), getting high-end youngsters was the goal.
"We've been consistent all along that we don't have any untouchables, but I think you can read into today's move just how much faith we have in this group", Epstein said.
"Despite the bad first half, which we're accountable for, we believe in this group".
"This group has won one World Series". While the Dodgers have made somewhat big deals in the past, like a year ago with Oakland, the team never goes out and gets that marquee player. However, although the Dodgers need to keep the defending champs on their radar, fans should not help but feel like the team missed out on Quintana.
The Cubs also need starting pitching help this season.
Jose Quintana is 50-54 with a 3.51 ERA in 172 major league appearances. That list included Quintana. Despite his disappointing 4-8 record and 4.48 ERA, Quintana has a history of success, posting four straight seasons of at least 200 innings, 160 strikeouts, and an ERA under 4.00 from 2013-2016. He did the same thing past year in going and getting Aroldis Chapman when it became clear that the Cubs needed an upgrade at closer. Those nine prospects in the Top 100 are tied with the Atlanta Braves for the most in baseball. There's a thought that he could immediately become the top White Sox prospect.
The talent screams future ace, but everything else suggests that Cease may end up being a high-leverage reliever. They deserved a world of credit. "Which I didn't really do a great job of (against Peoria), but for the most part that's what they really want me to do".
"If they were interested, then now was the time to engage", Hahn said. But Hahn said he, vice president Ken Williams and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf wouldn't let that get in the way of a good deal.