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Cross Jose Quintana off list of potential Astros trade targets

Trade season officially began Thursday morning with one of the best starting pitchers on this summer's market changing teams Socrates Brito Gray/Turquoise Jersey. In a blockbuster that leaves the AL-leading Astros with one fewer trade possibility ahead of the July 31 deadline, the Chicago Cubs acquired lefthander Jose Quintana from the crosstown White Sox. The reigning champions parted with four prospects, including their two best in 20-year-old outfielder Eloy Jimenez and 21-year-old righthander Dylan Cease. Baseball America regards Jimenez as the fifth-best prospect in baseball, so his inclusion in the deal is comparable to if the Astros were to part with Kyle Tucker. Cease, who is ranked 83rd on Baseball America's list, could roughly compare to Forrest Whitley (58th) in a theoretical Astros prospect package. The Cubs also traded 22-year-old first baseman Matt Rose and 24-year-old infielder Bryant Flete Paul Goldschmidt Authentic Jersey, each of whom have reached Advanced Class A. They will have Quintana, 28, under team control for three more seasons after this one. Quintana's amid a down season with a 4.49 ERA but has a career ERA of 3.51. The Astros engaged in Quintana discussions last winter but found the White Sox asking price too high. Oakland's Sonny Gray probably will now become the Astros' most-speculated target. Gray, who has a 4.00 ERA this season but has pitched much better of late, is under the A's control for two more seasons after this one.
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