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Like with Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, White Sox get another massive haul for Jose Quintana

Like with Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, White Sox get another massive haul for Jose Quintana

He’s no longer a member of the White Sox, but Jose Quintana isn’t moving far away.

The White Sox traded their dependable, cost-controlled starting pitcher to the Cubs on Thursday morning in exchange for four prospects, including highly touted outfielder Eloy Jimenez. Jimenez is the No. 5-rated prospect in baseball, according to BaseballAmerica.com, and No. 8 overall, according to MLBPipeline.com.

The White Sox also acquired pitcher Dylan Cease, who is ranked 63rd by MLBPipeline and 80th by Baseball America, as well as infielders Matt Rose and Bryan Flete.

“In Eloy, we are acquiring a player who, similar to (Yoan) Moncada, is viewed as one of the top prospects in baseball today with the potential for major impact in the not too distant future,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “Dylan brings us an impressive young pitcher who is ranked among the top pitching prospects in the game.”

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Rumored to be on the block since December, the White Sox gambled that by hanging onto Quintana they could reel in another massive haul similar to the ones they did with the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton. Those trades all netted a number of top prospects that helped revamp the White Sox farm system overnight. The club appears to have done so yet again with the acquisition of Jimenez, who earlier this week appeared at the All-Star Futures Game for a second straight season.

But the move comes at the cost of the ever-dependable Quintana, who was a stalwart in the team’s rotation since his arrival in 2012. Though Quintana struggled over the season’s first two months, he’s bounced back stating in June. Quintana posted a 2.70 ERA and struck out 45 batters in 40 innings in his last seven starts.

That rebound might have helped Quintana’s marketability as the Cubs were willing to part with Jimenez, who previously was believed to be untouchable. Jimenez, who currently plays at Class-A Myrtle Beach, is hitting .271/.351/.490 this season with eight home runs and 32 RBIs in 174 plate appearances.

“Might be a monster,” one American League scout said. “Wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up better than Moncada.”

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

White Sox' Luis Robert not feeling pressure of Rookie of the Year hype

Of all the White Sox players this season, the spotlight has shined brightest on Luis Robert, but he says that’s not the reason for his recent five-game slump. In fact, Robert doesn’t even see himself as a new face of the franchise, despite all the hype surrounding his MLB debut and hot start to the season.

“I honestly don’t feel that way,” Robert said via team interpreter Billy Russo. “I just think that I’m the new guy.”

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It’s clear the pressure didn’t affect Robert earlier in the year as he notched at least one hit in his first six games, and racked up 14 hits through 10 games. As the impressive performances at the plate mounted, so did the buzz around the young centerfielder. But Robert insists he doesn’t think about it, even though he’s slashing a lowly .158/.200/.211 over his last five games, and out of the lineup for the first time in his career on Monday.

“I know everyone’s trying to talk about me, about my option for Rookie of the Year and that kind of stuff,” Robert said via Russo. “But for me I just feel like another guy for this team. I don’t feel that pressure, that attention. I know that it’s there, but I don’t think about that.”

So is this mini-slump due to an adjustment in the way pitchers are approaching Robert at the plate? Again, Robert says no.

“Pitchers have been attacking me the same way since the season started. I didn’t have good results the last few days, but I just have to keep working. There’s nothing different that they have done against me. It’s just a matter of results.”

Robert has shown a remarkable ability to adjust to a pitcher’s approach mid-game. Now it’s time to see how he adjusts to a little major league adversity.


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White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

White Sox-Cardinals series, amid COVID-19 outbreak, still scheduled to play

At least one sign points to the St. Louis Cardinals returning to play soon enough to play the White Sox this weekend.

The White Sox announced on Monday that the start time of their Saturday game against the Cardinals had been pushed back from a day game to a night game.

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While that isn’t extraordinarily newsworthy on it’s own, it does indicate that MLB still intends for the Cardinals to travel to Chicago to play the White Sox. St. Louis hasn’t played since July 29, since nine players and seven staff tested positive for COVID-19, according to CBS Sports.

While things can certainly change quickly, if everything remains the same the Cardinals will make up two games against the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 13. The White Sox were previously scheduled to play the Cardinals that day, so they will now have an off day on Aug. 13 and will begin their series against St. Louis on Aug. 14.

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