The verdict will come well down the road — perhaps two, three or more years before we know who won the Cubs-White Sox trade that caught the baseball world by surprise in July.

In exchange for left-hander Jose Quintana, the Sox got the Cubs’ top prospect, outfielder Eloy Jimenez. And if he continues to generate the kind of buzz that’s humming around him now, the 20-year-old could make it worth the Sox’ while all by himself.

(The Sox also received right-hander Dylan Cease — the No. 64 prospect, according to MLB.com — who, because of shoulder fatigue, will not pitch for Class A Kannapolis in its playoff game Wednesday. Cease is expected to participate in the Fall Instructional League, however. The Sox also got two lesser prospects in the deal.)

Jimenez, oozing personality and confidence, visited Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday for the twofold purpose of acquainting himself with his future surroundings and keeping the media focused on the Sox’ future and not their record, which dropped to 54-83 with a 9-4 loss to the Indians, who extended their winning streak to 13 games.