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Jose Quintana trade comes 25 years after the last huge deal between Cubs and White Sox

Jose Quintana trade comes 25 years after the last huge deal between Cubs and White Sox

At first blush, Thursday's blockbuster trade sending Jose Quintana to the North Side sure seems like the biggest deal ever made between the two Chicago baseball teams.

The Cubs and White Sox haven't been frequent trade partners, especially in recent history, making just 11 trades since 1980, just five since 1990 and only two since the turn of the century.

But a fun part about Thursday's swap? It came a quarter century to the year after the previous biggest deal between the two clubs, when in 1992, the White Sox shipped Sammy Sosa to the North Side to bring George Bell to the South Side.

Sosa was only on the White Sox for two and a half seasons, belting a combined 18 homers in 302 games. But the deal sending him to the Cubs turned out to be far more lucrative for the North Siders, as Sosa went on to slug 545 home runs in 13 seasons, turning in a Hall-of-Fame-caliber career in a Cubs uniform.

Bell, meanwhile, spent just two seasons on the South Side after the trade, the final two years of his career. He hit .255/.294/.418 with 25 homers in 1992 but then just slashed .217/.243/.363 with 13 home runs in 102 games in 1993.

The success in the 2017 trade between the two teams looks like it will be far more evenly spread out than how things turned out in the 1990s, with the Cubs accomplishing their goal of adding a long-term piece to the front of their starting rotation and the White Sox continuing to add highly rated prospects to their farm system.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: