Quick Bit: Here are the details of the deal that brought Jose Quintana to Busch Stadium.
The Cardinals rotation just got a little stronger.
St. Louis acquired pitcher Jose Quintana from division rival Pittsburgh late Monday evening. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported the news first.
Quintana has quietly been one of the most consistent southpaws in the league over the course of his 11-year career. This season has been no exception, with Quintana posting a 3.50 ERA and 3.24 FIP in 20 starts.
With the Pirates headed for another year without postseason ball, it made sense to let Quintana go. They took a flier on the 33-year old in the offseason, giving him a one-year, $2 million after Quintana struggled in the back half of 2021 with the Giants. That choice netted them another asset.
Here are the details of the deal that brought Quintana to Busch Stadium.
Here are the pieces of the Jose Quintana deal:
Cardinals receive: LHP Jose Quintana
Pirates receive: LHP Johan Oviedo, 3B Malcom Nunez
The Cards get one of the best pitchers left on the trade market to bolster their pitching staff. Quintana has turned back the clock this season, coaxing weak contact (79th percentile in average exit velocity) while also forcing batters to swing outside the strike zone (82nd percentile in chase rate).
Quintana projects as a back-of-the-rotation guy who can get batters out with regularity. He should fit perfectly into a rotation that already features Miles Mikolas, Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson and Steven Matz.
Sitting just three games back of the Brewers, the Cardinals have more than enough time to mount a rally for the NL Central crown. And Quintana should play a big part in their campaign going forward.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, gets another infield prospect to add to its system. Nunez was the No. 9 prospect in St. Louis’ pipeline and has shown some real pop this year, smacking 17 homers in minor league ball. But with top-prospect Jordan Walker also featuring at third (as well as Nolan Arenado), it seems the Cards were willing to sell Nunez for immediate pitching help.
Speaking of pitching, Oviedo is an interesting proposition for the Pirates. Oviedo started 13 games for the Cards last season but proved fairly erratic, posting a 4.91 ERA. In 2022, Oviedo has come out the pen more often. And he’s looked more composed, bringing his ERA down to 3.20.
At just 24 years old, there’s still a lot of time and space for Oviedo to improve his game.
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