The Cubs and White Sox struck a big deal on Thursday. Starter Jose Quintana is heading to the Cubs in exchange for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, and Bryant Flete.
Quintana, 28, has been the subject of trade rumors for a while now. The lefty this year has put up a mediocre 4.49 ERA with a 109/40 K/BB ratio over 104 1/3 innings. If the season were to end today, it’d be his highest ERA. Obviously, the Cubs are optimistic he’ll be able to lower that ERA in the National League and in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark.
Quintana has one guaranteed year left on his contract at $8.35 million. He also has club options for 2019-20 worth $10.5 million each with $1 million buyouts.
Jimenez, 20, is the centerpiece of the deal for the White Sox. He was the Cubs’ No. 1 overall prospect according to MLB Pipeline. With High-A Myrtle Beach this year, he hit .271/.351/.490 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 174 plate appearances. The Cubs signed Jimenez for $2.8 million on August 1, 2013 as a foreign free agent.
Cease, 21, was the Cubs’ No. 2 overall prospect, taken in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. The right-hander put up a 2.79 ERA with a 74/26 K/BB ratio in 51 2/3 innings at Single-A South Bend this season.
Rose, 22, hit .227/.281/.481 with 14 home runs and 38 RBI in 254 plate appearances with Myrtle Beach mostly playing first base and a little third base.
Flete, 24, hit .305/.355/.425 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 300 PA with Myrtle Beach mostly playing second base and a little shortstop.
Newly acquired third baseman Todd Frazier spent his first five games with the Yankees on the road, playing once in Minnesota and four games in Seattle. He was set to take his first at-bat as a Yankee at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night against the Reds. Unfortunately, things didn’t quite go how he likely expected them.
The Yankees quickly loaded the bases on consecutive singles from Matt Holliday, Didi Gregorius, and Chase Headley to lead off the bottom of the second inning. That brought up Frazier in his first at-bat at Yankee Stadium. He got ahead in the count 3-1 against Luis Castillo before hitting a sharp grounder to shortstop Jose Peraza. Gregorius went back to second base because he thought the ball had a chance to be caught on a line. Peraza stepped on the second base bag, then fired to first base for the double play. Votto then threw across the diamond to Eugenio Suarez at third base, catching Gregorius out in no man’s land. Holliday scored in the meantime, breaking a 0-0 tie, but Gregorius was eventually called out for running out of the base line in a run down.
Frazier entered the evening with just two hits (both singles) and one walk in 18 plate appearances as a Yankee.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers have agreed to a deal with the White Sox for reliever Anthony Swarzak. The White Sox will receive 3B/OF Ryan Cordell in return.
It’s no secret that the 53-48 first-place Brewers are on the hunt for relief help. While closer Corey Knebel has been great, the Brewers have been shaky leading up to the ninth inning as Carlos Torres owns a 4.65 ERA and Oliver Drake 5.05.
Swarzak, 31, has posted a 2.23 ERA with a 52/13 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings this season. He can become a free agent after the season.
Cordell, 25, hit .284/.349/.506 with 10 home runs and 45 RBI in 292 plate appearances at Triple-A Colorado Springs. He’s the Brewers’ No. 17 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline.