The Angels made a transfer late Tuesday to start shoring up their beginning rotation, agreeing to signal left-hander José Quintana to a one-year, $8-million contract, in keeping with an individual with data of the negotiations not approved to remark publicly.
The transfer reunites Quintana with Angels supervisor Joe Maddon and partially checks off a significant want on the Angels’ offseason buying checklist. Quintana pitched for the Chicago Cubs for 2½ seasons, compiling a document of 33-23, earlier than lacking virtually all of final 12 months.
In a videoconference one month in the past, Maddon expressed a need for first-year common supervisor Perry Minasian to usher in two beginning pitchers. Quintana, a veteran of 9 seasons and beforehand considered one of baseball’s most sturdy pitchers, is the primary.
Quintana, who turns 32 subsequent week, owns a profession ERA of three.73. He produced a 4.24 ERA for the Cubs and struck out 420 over 82 video games. Maddon, who managed the Cubs from 2015 to ’19, noticed most of these outings.
Fluke accidents restricted Quintana to 10 innings throughout 4 video games final season. The Colombia native lower his pitching hand whereas washing dishes throughout final 12 months’s COVID-19 shutdown and missed the season’s first month. Quickly after his return, irritation in his latissimus dorsi muscle groups sidelined him greater than two weeks. He returned to pitch in two extra video games.
Quintana had been one of many majors’ most reliable starters. He made no fewer than 31 begins per season from 2013 to 2019. Solely 4 pitchers threw greater than Quintana’s 1,348 ⅔ inningsin that span — Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke and Jon Lester.
Quintana joins an Angels rotation that features Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and Shohei Ohtani. Patrick Sandoval and Jaime Barria are different choices.
This isn’t the primary time the Angels have taken a one-year flier on a veteran starter after a down 12 months. Underneath common supervisor Billy Eppler, the Angels tried out a number of. The latest was Julio Teheran, who signed a $9-million contract and went 0-Four with a 10.05 ERA in 10 video games final season.
Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey carried out poorly for the Angels in 2019. Cahill, who additionally signed for $9 million, produced a 5.98 ERA . Harvey, who signed for $11 million, was launched after giving up 48 runs in 12 begins.
What Minasian and the Angels count on of Quintana, whose simplest pitch is a 77-mph curveball that opponents hit at a .242 clip in 2019, can be identified after the contract turns into official. What is obvious is that the addition by itself isn’t sufficient to overtake a rotation that completed final season with a 5.52 ERA.
There may nonetheless be room within the price range for the Angels to get extra assist. It simply will not be sufficient to land Southern California native and Cy Younger Award winner Trevor Bauer, the offseason’s finest free-agent beginning pitcher.
Fangraphs estimates the Angels’ projected payroll in relation to the aggressive stability tax rises to about $187 million with Quintana. That’s $7 million lower than what proprietor Arte Moreno initially dedicated to final 12 months’s opening day roster. And the entire continues to be $23 million shy of the tax threshold.
Minasian declined to share whether or not Moreno is prepared to achieve the brink after he added relievers Raisel Iglesias and Alex Claudio, shortstop José Iglesias and catcher Kurt Suzuki. However he recommended Moreno’s dedication to the crew on every event.
“The possession group we’ve with Arte and Carole, they’re devoted to place a successful crew on the sector,” Minasian mentioned final week.
This story initially appeared in Los Angeles Times.