CHICAGO — A familiar face no longer will be in the Chicago White Sox’s clubhouse when the team opens the second half of the season with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners starting Friday night in Chicago.
On Thursday, the White Sox sent shockwaves through the Windy City by trading left-hander Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for four minor league prospects, including prized outfielder Eloy Jimenez. The deal marked the first trade between the crosstown rivals since 2006.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has made no secret of his willingness to trade veterans for prospects as part of a long-term rebuilding project. In the meantime, Chicago (38-49) will continue to rely on a patchwork of young players and proven veterans during the season’s second half.
The weekend offers an opportunity for Seattle (43-47) to move on from a disappointing end to the first half. The Mariners lost 10 of their final 14 games before the All-Star break and slipped into fourth place in the American League West.
Left-hander James Paxton (7-3, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound for Seattle in the series opener. The 28-year-old has won back-to-back decisions with strong performances against the Los Angeles Angels and the Oakland Athletics. He has 91 strikeouts in 81 1/3 innings on the season.
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/white-sox-minus-quintana-open-second-half-vs-mariners-071317
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