With a young pitching staff in need of reliable veteran innings, the Pirates struck a one-year deal on Sunday with left-handed starter José Quintana, a source told MLB.com.
A source said the deal is believed to be in the $2 million range. The club has not confirmed the signing, which is pending a physical.
Quintana, 32, is no stranger to the National League Central, having pitched four seasons with the Cubs between 2017-20 as part of his 10-year Major League tenure to this point.
However, the Colombian hurler is coming off his shakiest season in the Majors. He recorded a 6.75 ERA in 24 appearances (10 starts) with the Angels before being designated for assignment and then claimed off waivers by the Giants on Aug. 30, ending the year with 63 innings.
The past two seasons’ worth of work in terms of bulk innings have been a bit of an anomaly compared to Quintana’s career resume. From 2013-19, he did not pitch fewer than 170 innings in any season. Injuries to his left lat and index finger limited him to 10 innings in the pandemic-shortened ’20 season.
A 2016 All-Star, Quintana owns a career 3.84 ERA with 1,395 K’s over 1,558 innings. He’s recorded a 4.51 ERA in the past five seasons after posting a 3.41 ERA in his first five.
Quintana fits the mold of signings made last offseason by the rebuilding Pirates, who signed lefty Tyler Anderson and righty Trevor Cahill to one-year deals to fill innings — Anderson as a consistent five-inning starter and Cahill as a bulk man, though he struggled to stay healthy. The oldest starter on the Pirates before the Quintana deal was 29-year-old Steven Brault, who has pitched more than 100 innings only once in the Majors.