St. Louis Cardinals acquire Jose Quintana from Pittsburgh Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals, in dire need of a starting pitcher, acquired left-hander Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night.

St. Louis also received aide Chris Stratton as part of the deal, while Johan Oviedo and Malcom Nunez were sent back to Pittsburgh.

Quintana, 33, had bounced around and battled ineffectiveness for the past two seasons before finding his footing in Pittsburgh this year. Always relying on command and control, Quintana has looked like the pitcher of his prime, pitching 103 innings of 3.50 ERA baseball with 89 strikeouts and 31 walks.

Pittsburgh signed Quintana for $2 million in the offseason, one of the best bargains of the winter. It now brings him to a division rival whose pitching depth had been significantly hit by recent injuries to his most talented starter, Jack Flaherty (shoulder) and his big new signing for free agents, Steven Matz (knee).

The Cardinals had checked out a wide array of starters but had landed on Quintana to join Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson and Andre Pallante in hopes of catching first-place Milwaukee Brewers, who won their all earlier Monday -Star had acted closer. Josh Hader, to the San Diego Padres.

And while the Cardinals could target another starter before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trading deadline, their primary focus is deadline darling Washington outfielder Juan Soto, who is traded to the Cardinals, San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Dodgers could — or stay with the Nationals.

Stratton, a right-hander, had a 3.98 ERA in four seasons with Pittsburgh.

Nunez, a 21-year-old corner infielder, hit .255 with 17 homers and 66 RBIs for Double-A Springfield. Oviedo, a 24-year-old right-hander, is 2-1 for the Cardinals this season with a 3.20 ERA in 14 appearances, mostly outside the bullpen. St. Louis Cardinals acquire Jose Quintana from Pittsburgh Pirates

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