Theo Epstein

Cubs address future as much as present in Jose Quintana trade with White Sox

Cubs address future as much as present in Jose Quintana trade with White Sox

Trading two top prospects often indicates a sense of urgency, but trading highly-regarded prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to stabilize the rotation for future seasons was worth the price to Cubs President Theo Epstein in his stunning acquisition of White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana.

"It wasn't about the circumstances this year, whether it's a given team or how many games back we were or how poorly we played in the first half," Epstein said Thursday, less than four hours after acquiring Quintana.

"It really was about following through on our long-term strategy and seeing an opportunity to execute when it has been so difficult to execute in the past —...

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