The Braves may want to consider adding a starter with Ian Anderson‘s struggles in 2022, and although I’ve already done a Pirates hypo — Quintana is another piece they could consider:
What does the market for José Quintana look like? @jonmorosi mentions the Yankees and Cardinals amongst several teams in on the Pirates southpaw. 👀#MLBCentral | @LaurenShehadi pic.twitter.com/x9es56fYhL
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 15, 2022
Quintana is a true rental, so perhaps the Braves will prefer him compared to a more premium starter like Frankie Montas or Luis Castillo. If you missed any previous editions of this series, including a different hypothetical with the Pirates, check them out below!
- Braves: Who Says No — Brandon Drury Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Ian Happ Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Josh Rojas Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Colorado Rockies Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Cavan Biggio Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Frankie Montas Trade Package
- Braves: Who Says No — Cincinnati Reds Trade Package
LHP Jose Quintana
Innings Pitched: 97.1
If you’ll recall correctly, the Braves were big players for Quintana back when he was traded to the Cubs in 2017 for a package headlined by Dylan Cease and Eloy Jimenez. The Braves were fortunate not to acquire Quintana for that steep of a price, as he has had some very rough seasons since then. Even in 2021, Quintana posted a 6.43 ERA with the Angels and Giants.
Typically, after a guy is waived after a horrid season like that, they may decide to call it a career — especially at 32 years old. However, Quintana bet on himself, and he’s having a great season with the Pirates on a one-year deal. Now, Pittsburgh may be able to parlay his services into a few solid prospects. He’s no longer the frontline starter he once was, but he has transformed himself into a steady innings eater. So, what would that cost the Braves if they want to add some insurance with Ian Anderson struggling and Mike Soroka‘s return in 2022 looking unlikely?
I’m not sure what Quintana’s trade market is. If it heats up, the Braves are going to have to cough up a bit more. Still, Wilson is attractive for his elite strikeout rate and career 2.24 minor-league ERA. He’s recovering from injury, but at 25 years old, he fits Pittsburgh’s timeline. Huascar Ynoa needs a fresh start. He may not be a prospect anymore, but he still has tons of potential. Like with Bryse Wilson last year, he will have every chance to prove himself in Pittsburgh. Both of these guys should have high enough upside to get Quintana from the Pirates.
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