The Cardinals are close to acquiring veteran starter Jose Quintana from the Pirates, according to the report.

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The St. Louis Cardinals are close to acquiring veteran left-handed starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jeff Passon reports.

Quintana, 33, has pitched to a 3.50 ERA/119. ERA+ And a 2.87 K/BB ratio in 20 starts and 103 innings for the Pirates this season. Those results mark a healthy rebound for Quintana, who had an ERA north of 6.00 in a mix of rotation and bullpen work for the Angels and Giants in 2021. Early in his career with the White Sox, Quintana was a regular recipient of 200-inning seasons and better-than-average run prevention numbers, but he appeared to be entering a premature decline after being traded to the Cubs. However, this season, he has regained influence, thanks to the increased use of his changeup.

Quintana is on a one-year contract for $2 million, so he is a “rental” acquisition by the Cardinals.

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