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The sparse history of White Sox-Cubs trades

Chicago neighbors have pulled off 26 trades in clubs' histories
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With the 2017 Trade Deadline just weeks away, it was the Windy City that kicked off the action.

The Cubs and White Sox pulled off their first trade in more than a decade on Thursday, and it was a big one. To the North Side: longtime White Sox workhorse Jose Quintana. To the South Side: the Cubs' top two prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease, and two others.

With the 2017 Trade Deadline just weeks away, it was the Windy City that kicked off the action.

The Cubs and White Sox pulled off their first trade in more than a decade on Thursday, and it was a big one. To the North Side: longtime White Sox workhorse Jose Quintana. To the South Side: the Cubs' top two prospects, outfielder Eloy Jimenez and right-hander Dylan Cease, and two others.

"This notion that we wouldn't do business with them because they're in town, or somehow we would actually take an inferior baseball deal for non-baseball reasons -- because of emotion or a rivalry, or something totally unrelated to putting the best possible team on the field for the next several years, is frankly somewhat laughable," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday. "If we really felt motivated to take an inferior baseball deal, to not put this organization in the best possible spot to win multiple championships simply because of emotion, then we would be the wrong people running this club."

The last trade between the two Chicago clubs took place on November 16, 2006, when the White Sox sent Neal Cotts to the Cubs David Aardsma and Carlos Vasquez.

All told, there have been 26 Cubs-White Sox trades in the teams' long histories. Here's a look back at some of the more notable deals:

July 29, 1998: White Sox trade Matt Karchner to the Cubs for Jon Garland

Garland was a first-round pick by the Cubs in the 1997 Draft, but they traded him a year later in a Deadline deal for the reliever Karchner as they geared up for a playoff push. The Cubs did win the Wild Card, their first playoff appearance since 1989, but Karchner struggled, with a 5.14 ERA in 29 appearances for the Cubs that year.

Garland, meanwhile, went on to become a franchise mainstay on the South Side. He pitched his first eight seasons with the White Sox in a 13-year career. He was a key member of the starting rotation for the 2005 team that ended the franchise's 88-year World Series drought, going 18-10 with a 3.50 ERA, making the All-Star team and finishing sixth in American League Cy Young voting. In two postseason starts, Garland threw a complete game to beat the Angels in the ALCS and went seven innings in a win over the Astros in the World Series.

March 30, 1992: Cubs trade George Bell to the White Sox for Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson

In exchange for the veteran outfielder Bell, the Cubs got one of the most powerful sluggers to ever play the game. Sosa was just 23 years old when he played his first game for the Cubs, but he would go on to crush 545 home runs in 13 seasons with the team. That included 66 in 1998, when Sosa lost the memorable home run race to Mark McGwire but won the NL MVP trophy. Sosa was a seven-time All-Star and six-time Silver Slugger with the Cubs, leading the league in homers twice and hitting 40 seven times.

Bell was a former MVP and coming off an All-Star season with the Cubs at the time of his trade to the White Sox. But he ended up playing only two more seasons on the South Side before retiring in 1993, as he struggled through knee injuries.

January 25, 1983: White Sox trade Steve Trout and Warren Brusstar to the Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Randy Martz, Pat Tabler and Dick Tidrow

This was the largest trade between the two clubs by total number of players. Trout ended up having the main impact among those involved, as he was a member of the Cubs' rotation in 1984 that helped the Cubs make the playoffs for the first time in 39 years. Trout went 13-7 with a 3.41 ERA in 32 games for the '84 Cubs. He won Game 2 of the NLCS against the Padres with an 8 1/3 inning, two-run effort and pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief in Game 5.

December 11, 1973: Cubs trade Ron Santo to the White Sox for Ken Frailing, Steve Stone, Steve Swisher and Jim Kremmel

Santo was on the tail end of his Hall of Fame career, but he was still a nine-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glover who had played all 14 of his Major League seasons with the Cubs at the time of his trade to the South Side. He had made the Midsummer Classic in each of his last three years with the Cubs.

Earlier that year, Santo had become the first player to use 10-and-5 rights to block a trade, which would have sent him to the Angels. With the third baseman's preference to remain in Chicago, a deal was worked out with the White Sox. Santo retired at age 34 after one season with the Sox.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.

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