The New York Mets continue to bolster their starting rotation. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mets have signed left-handed pitcher Jose Quintana to a two-year, $26 million contract.
Free-agent left-hander José Quintana in agreement with Mets on a two-year, $26M contract, pending physical, sources tell me and @WillSammon.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 7, 2022
After struggling the past few seasons, Quintana enjoyed a career resurgence in 2022, recording a 2.93 ERA over 165 2/3 innings between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Those numbers include a 2.01 ERA in 12 starts for the Cards after Pittsburgh dealt the 33-year-old at the deadline. St. Louis subsequently tabbed Quintana as its Game 1 starter for the NL Wild Card series, where he blanked the Philadelphia Phillies for 5 1/3 innings.
The move is the latest by Mets general manager Billy Eppler, who signed star pitcher Justin Verlander to a two-year, $86 million deal earlier this week. Eppler has had to scramble to address New York’s pitching needs with the Mets losing long-time ace Jacob deGrom to the Texas Rangers and Taijuan Walker inking a four-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Quintana will likely handle the third spot in the Mets’ rotation behind Verlander and fellow ace Max Scherzer.
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