Starting pitcher Jose Quintana has signed with the Los Angeles Angels, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic. The deal is reportedly worth $8 million for one year. Quintana, 31, will compete for a spot in the Angels’ starting rotation in 2021.
Free-agent left-hander José Quintana in agreement with the Angels, pending physical, sources tell @TheAthletic.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 20, 2021
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) January 20, 2021
Angels bolster rotation with Jose Quintana
Quintana is entering his tenth major league season. After debuting with the Chicago White Sox in 2011, he developed into one of the most consistent starting pitchers in the AL. Each year from 2013-2016, Quintana logged at least 200 innings and posted an ERA under four. He made the All-Star team in 2015 with a 13-12 record and a 3.20 ERA. In 2017, the Chicago Cubs acquired him for a package that included Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. With the Cubs, Quintana was solid but not elite. In three and a half seasons on the North side, Quintana had a record of 33-23 with a 4.24 ERA. He pitched only 10 innings in 2020 due to injury issues.
Quintana is a candidate for a strong bounce-back season in 2021. As he enters the next phase of his career, he will be eager to prove he belongs in major league rotation. Having basically missed the 2020 season, he should be fresh to log many innings for the Angels. With a fastball, sinker, changeup, and curveball, Quintana has an arsenal of pitches that should be effective late into his career.
Jose Quintana will join a rotation that includes Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning, and Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles. The Angels finished with the second-worst starter ERA (5.52) in baseball last year, so Quintana should bring some much needed depth.
It will be interesting to follow Quintana’s career from here on out. For a couple seasons with the White Sox, it looked like Quintana could be a yearly Cy Young candidate. His career has not quite panned out that way, but he has been one of the most consistent starters in baseball over the last decade. The Angels are hoping Quintana can regain his All-Star level of production and put his injury issues behind him.
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