Not every trade can go in favor of the team – we know this. However, given the Cubs’ long, long history, there’s bound to be some bad luck.
Now, this isn’t Lou Brock’s deal with St. Louis Cardinals is bad, but by the time Eloy Jimenez is done playing… who knows?
In 2017, Cubs traded Jimenez as part of a package of players, including Dylan Cease, for Jose Quintana. Quintana’s team-friendly contract looked like a great pickup at the time, and his 3.74 ERA that year helped lead the Cubs to post-season.
Looking further, however, it became clear that the Cubs had been robbed.
Cubs trade for Jose Quintana has aged terribly
The hiatus that took place on July 13 last year for the White Sox team that won AL Central, essentially mirrors the numbers Quintana put out on the North Side at his peak. . Not nearly as much as would be expected from a producer of Cease’s caliber, though the Cubs never took the NL Cy Young production out of Quintana.
Meanwhile, Jimenez, who is at the heart of this deal’s prospects, has Silver Slugger potential when healthy. In his 23-year-old season, Jimenez has done just that, winning the AL Silver Slugger in his place and looking like a power threat for years to come. That’s after he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year poll and hit 31 home runs as an introduction to the South Side.
2021 isn’t Jimenez’s type, as he faces some injury concerns, but assuming he pulls it off he could be a threat in the White Sox squad for years to come.
As for Quintana, he left Chicago, only to signed with rival Pittsburgh Pirates this season. Quintana leaves the Cubs in 2020, stopping off with Angels and Giants on the West Coast last season.
He wasn’t able to replicate his production on the South Side, making this a total heist from the perspective of the White Sox.
https://fansided.com/2021/12/15/cubs-trade-jose-quintana-eloy-jimenez-aged-horribly/ This Chicago block trade has aged terribly