In dire need of a starting pitcher, the St. Louis Cardinals are finalizing a deal to acquire left-hander Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN Monday night.
Quintana, 33, had bounced back and struggled with inefficiency the previous two seasons before finding his footing with Pittsburgh this year. Always reliant on command and control, Quintana looked like the pitcher of his prime, pitching 103 ERA 3.50 baseball innings with 89 strikeouts and 31 walks.
Pittsburgh signed Quintana for $2 million in the offseason, one of the best deals of the winter. That will turn him into a division rival whose throwing depth had suffered significant hits with the recent injuries to his most talented starter, Jack Flaherty (shoulder), and offseason free agent great Steven Matz (knee).
The Cardinals had checked in on a wide range of starters but landed in Quintana to join Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson and Andre Pallante in hopes of nabbing the No. 1 spot from the Milwaukee Brewers, who earlier Monday traded their closest All-Star, Josh Hader, to the San Diego Padres.
Pittsburgh will get a pitcher and a hitting prospect in the deal, which could also include another player moving to St. Louis, a source says. And while the Cardinals could target another starter before the 6 p.m. trade deadline on Tuesday, their main target is deadline darling Washington outfielder Juan Soto, who could be traded to the Cardinals, San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Dodgers – or stay with the Nationals.