MLB: Pirates to land Quintana

22 November 2021 22:58:51 GMTPlus11
Quintana agreed Pirates switch

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Jose Quintana have agreed to a one-year deal with the contract set to be worth approximately $2million.

The Pirates are 200/1 to obtain 2022 World Series glory and have underperformed in recent down seasons. Signing Quintana, pending a physical, bolsters their roster for the forthcoming season.

Pittsburgh to enjoy Quintana experience

Quintana, 32, is no stranger to the National League Central, having pitched four seasons with the Chicago Cubs.

The Colombian though is coming off his worst season to date in the Major Leagues. He recorded a 6.75 ERA in 24 appearances with the Los Angeles Angels before being designated for assignment. He was then claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants at the end of August, ending the year pitching 63 innings.

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Quintana part of Pirates rebuild

Quintana has struggled with injuries to his left hamstring and index finger which limited him to 10 innings in 2020. He was a 2016 All-Star, Quintana owns a career 3.84 ERA with a 4.51 ERA in the past five seasons.

While the Pirates are rebuilding, Quintana fits the mold of signings made last season, they acquired lefty Tyler Anderson and righty Trevor Cahill to one-year deals. Anderson was more of a consistent starter with Cahill as a bulk man, although he struggled to remain healthy.

The oldest starter on the Pirates before the Quintana deal was 29-year-old Steven Brault.

Given the need for starting pitching, it's likely the Bucs will use Quintana in their starting rotation next season to begin the year. The Pirates don't have much big league experience in their starting five for next year. If Quintana pitches well, he could also be of use in the trade market next season.

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