A ten-year veteran of the MLB coming into the 2022 campaign, left-hander Jose Quintana has seen his fair share of ups and downs over his career. An All-Star with the White Sox back in 2016, Quintana fell on hard times over the past three to four seasons while bouncing around four different teams and taking on numerous one-year deals.
Signing with the Pirates on a one-year deal worth $2 million for this season, Quintana is putting forth a strong campaign, sporting a 3.70 ERA through 19 starts and 97.1 innings of work. His K/9 is down from his previous seasons at 7.9 but he is limiting the walks (2.7 BB/9) and finding ways to keep the runs off the scoreboard and the ball from going over the outfield wall.
A pure rental, Quintana is a candidate to hold down the back end of the rotation over the remainder of the season and does have four postseason appearances dating back to 2017 with the White Sox, pitching to mixed results. I imagine the trade value won’t be too crazy compared to other names available and the Pirates should be willing to deal considering they are far out of playoff contention this season.
Quintana could be solid insurance should Berrios or Kikuchi continue to struggle, especially since he holds a 1.08 ERA through five starts and 33.1 innings at the Rogers Centre over his career.