The Cardinals are finalizing a deal to get the starter Joseph Quintana from Pirates, reports Jeff Passan of ESPN (Twitter link). St. Louis are looking for an addition to their starting rotation, and they are close to reaching an agreement to add an intra-division competitor.
Quintana is an obvious commercial candidate, as he is an up-and-coming free agent for a Pittsburgh club and has no chance of reaching post-season in 2022. The Bucs will no doubt transfer him to another. A number of players can help after this season, and there is no reason for Pittsburgh to be concerned about transferring him to a divisional opponent.
The Cards kicked off the market for higher-impact weapons, with the former Oakland ace Frankie Montas supposed to be the main target. Once the A has dealt Montas to the Yankees, it appears that the Card has pivoted to a veteran stabilizer that costs less for the initial staff support. Quintana is no longer the top swing arm in his prime, the kind of pitcher a club would target to start a knockout game. However, he had a good comeback season in Pittsburgh after struggling in 2021.
Quintana had 20 starts for the Pirates, working with an ERA of 3.50. He averaged just one hair per five outings, scoring 103 frames during the season. The sheltered role – in which Pittsburgh limited his exposure to opposing lineups for the third time from the start – has supported the veteran nampaw, but his production is still good on a proportional basis. Quintana’s 20.6% is a bit below average, but he’s dealt swing hits on a solid 11.2% of his offerings. He also makes landings at a slightly higher 45% than average – a trait that caught the attention of the Cards home team thanks to the team’s solid in-field defense – and he He only went 7.2% compared to the opponent.
Adding Quintana tackles a rotation that has suffered a number of notable injuries in recent weeks. Jack Flaherty will be out at least until August after battling concerns over the new role. The person signing the contract Steven Matz, meanwhile, MCL has torn his left knee and could miss the rest of the season. While he was not officially ruled out for the year, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak recently told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it will be “very, very difficult” to get him back on a mound in 2022.
Cardinals who add Quintana to a spin also include Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson, Miles Mikolas and rookies Andre Pallante. Cards with Matthew Liberatore as an in-depth option, but he bounced and had active listings throughout the year. Pallante, meanwhile, has had a good time of the season in bull country. Even with a hopeful late-season return from Flaherty, the Cardinals could still consider another rotational pickup beyond the Quintana.
It’s an affordable gambit for the Cardinals, as the 33-year-old is guaranteed just $2 million this season. The final few months of that deal won’t do much for St. Louis for the rest of the year.
More will come.