Giants name José Quintana for assignment
Giants have announced the reinstatement of first baseman Darin Ruf and right-hander Johnny Cueto of the injured list before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks. In the corresponding moves, left-hander Tony Watson landed on the 10-day injured list due to strain in his throwing shoulder, while his compatriot left-hander José Quintana has been designated for assignment.
The series of deals likely ended Quintana’s stay in San Francisco after just a few weeks. The Giants claimed Quintana on waivers from the Angels at the end of August, soaking up the roughly $ 1.5 million remaining on his contract to add it just before the deadline for players to be eligible for the rosters. playoff teams.
Picking up Quintana did not go quite as planned. He made five relief appearances with San Francisco, working 9 2/3 five-runner innings. The 32-year-old hit twelve batters in that time limit, but also walked six and was scored for three homers. Clearly, the front office has determined that they are happy with their other left-handed reliever box options – even when Watson lands on the IL – to let Quintana go before the playoffs start.
Quintana will almost certainly end up hitting free agency in the next few days, either through the release or the rejection of an outright assignment. It will arrive on the open market after a disappointing season. Signed by Los Angeles on a one-year contract and $ 8 million in free agency, he was excluded from the rotation after posting a 7.22 ERA in his first nine starts. He didn’t find much more success in relief, posting a 5.52 ERA as of that point between the Angels and Giants.
An atypical season for Quintana, which has offered quality production throughout its career. He was quietly one of the game’s top starters for a few seasons with the White Sox, which led to a hit crosstown deal that sent him to the Cubs in 2017. That trade – which sent Eloy Jiménez and Dylan cease to the South Siders – quickly proved unfortunate for the Cubs, but Quintana at least offered consistent innings and useful production for much of his time at Wrigleyville.
However, he lost most of last season to injury, and his 6.43 ERA this year is by far the highest of his career. It was driven by the worst walk and circuit rates, but Quintana was oddly better than ever for the missing bats. He hit 28.6% of opposing hitters with an 11.9% hit rate; both scores are career highs and above the league average. That extreme production came into play even before Quintana was transferred to the pen, as he had stoked 30.1% of hitters faced in his first nine starts.
With Quintana and Watson out of the game, the Giants look likely to enter the playoffs with Jarlin García and José lvarez as left-handed backup options. Manager Gabe Kapler did not rule Watson for the entire playoffs when he spoke to reporters (including Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area), but at least it looks like he would miss the Division Series if the club advanced to this point. Acquired from the Angels by the trade deadline, Waston posted a 2.96 on 24 1/3 ERA with San Francisco.
Ruf looks likely to take most of the game time at first base in the future. Brandon Belt fractured his left thumb after being hit by a pitch over the weekend, and the injury could cost him dearly most or all of the team’s playoffs. Like much of the roster, Ruf excelled when given the opportunity this year. Through 300 home plate appearances, he owns a .268 / .387 / .512 line with fifteen home runs. Belt’s injury could force the Giants to deploy Ruf more against right-handed pitchers than they have so far, but he more than held up in limited action against right-handed people while absolutely crushing left-handed people. .