A move once thought to be absolutely vital to the Cubs' success is now exacting its full wrath on the team from the North Side.
The Jose Quintana trade from 2017 which saw the Cubs trade a prospect package headlined by Eloy Jimenez to their crosstown foes, the White Sox, has come back to bite them in every possible way.
Jimenez terrorized his former team on Tuesday, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a go-ahead two-run blast in the ninth inning at Wrigley Field. The young star is rounding into form, slashing .321/.390/.717 over his last 15 games with an .807 OPS on the season.
Quintana, meanwhile hasn't exactly been the ace the Cubs traded for, and he hasn't brought them postseason glory. He sports a modest 3.92 ERA through 60 starts with the Cubs. His home run rate and walk rate have both ballooned since he left the South Side.
And to top it all off, the White Sox still have Dylan Cease, another prospect included in the trade, in the pipeline. Cease came into 2019 as the No. 21 overall prospect in baseball.
The Quintana trade has brought the Cubs virtually nothing and cost them quite a lot. They sacrificed two stellar prospects in exchange for a mediocre rotation arm who's due $10.5 million for 2019.
Tuesday night's loss at the hands of Jimenez and the White Sox is proof that the Cubs flat out lost the trade and are feeling its full effects.