Low Risk/High Reward: Should the Red Sox Look at SP Jose Quintana?

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The Red Sox are in the need of quality starting pitching after this past season.  The club declined the option for lefty Martin Perez potentially ending the idea of us seeing #PerezDay in Boston.  There is some internal help on the way next season with Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez coming off the IL  The team might have something with Nick Pivetta, who they acquired from the Phillies in the Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree trade.  We should also get another long look at Tanner Houck who looked dominant towards the end of last season. 


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Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox are going to be active this offseason, but where will he spend his payroll?


The club has been linked to Chicago Cubs lefty Jose Quintana.  The left-hander is a free agent this offseason after four seasons in the Windy City.  The Cubs acquired Quintana from the Chicago White Sox and gave up a boatload to acquire the lefty.  Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein traded top prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease for Quintana.  A trade that most if not all fans on the North Side will absolutely regret. 



      

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Last season, Quintana only pitched in four games posting no win-loss record and a 4.50 ERA.  He missed the start of last season due to a kitchen mishap; while washing the dishes he cut his thumb.  Quintana also missed time on the IL with a lat injury, so there is only a small sample size to go off of for last season. 


MLB Trade Rumors has Quintana going to the Red Sox this offseason on a modest two-year deal for $18 million.  Quintana will turn 32 in January, and despite his injury plagued season for the Cubs in 2020, he has been healthy during his time in Chicago.  If we take out last season's numbers, from 2013-2019 he has had seven straight years of 31 starts with a .589% winning percentage during his time with the Cubs.



He has always had great stuff, but there has been a decline that Cubs fans got to see during his time in Chicago.  There has been a dip in his velocity and he has the knack for giving up the gopher ball.  Despite the change in his velocity he would still be a competent starter for this rotation which lacked consistency and innings last season. 


This year's free agent market doesn't hold the top of the rotation starters that Red Sox Nation would want with the exception of Trevor Bauer.  The odds Bauer winds up in Boston is low, mainly due to the fact Bloom would have to part with a draft pick and international free agent pool money. 


The Red Sox have internal options in Pivetta and Houck which feels really good to type out.  Houck went 3-0 with a 0.53 ERA in 17 innings of work.  Pivetta went 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 10 innings of work while surrendering two earned runs in two starts.


       

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The Red Sox are projected to be roughly $36 million under the $210 Luxury Tax Threshold which will allow Bloom more flexibility while building the roster.  Quintana would be a good fit to the rotation and could slot in as the No.2 starter to begin the season behind Rodriguez if he is healthy returning from his battle from myocarditis due to complications from coronavirus.  Quintana would provide depth at the top of the rotation in the event Rodriguez isn't ready to go plus the protection for Sale while he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. 


If the Red Sox sign Q, as he is nicknamed, he would be an upgrade over Perez, who was good for the Red Sox last season.  Quintana would be a playoff caliber starter that could come to Boston as this club looks to get back into the Fall Classic. 



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