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Cardinals acquire left-handed pitcher from Pirates

Looking for raw innings perhaps above all else at the approaching trade deadline, the St. Louis Cardinals made a move late Monday to displace a pitcher more likely to miss the remaining season.

Jos Quintana, a lefty alternative to the injured Steven Matz, was traded to St. Louis by the Pittsburgh Pirates, ESPNs Jeff Passan reported.

Francys Romero, an unbiased Cuban baseball reporter and author, reported that the Cardinals are sending right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo and minor league infielder Malcom Nuez, themselves both Cuban, in trade to Pittsburgh.

Quintana, 33, has split nearly all his career between your two teams in Chicago. He’ll be considered a free agent towards the end of the season.

In 20 starts and 103 innings pitched for the Pirates this year, Quintana has recorded a 3.50 ERA and a 3.24 FIP, suggesting his repertoire has earned the success shown in his results. His arsenal generates a 45% ground ball rate only a notch greater than league average, allowing him to execute comfortably while watching strong Cardinals defense.

Matz suffered a torn MCL in Cincinnati last Saturday in his begin since returning from the left shoulder strain. The Cardinals were seeking another opinion Monday on his injured knee, but even though surgery isnt required, a team official offered a pessimistic outlook for his availability for the rest of the growing season on the weekend at Nationals Park.

Oviedo, 24, is in his third major league season. He found success for the Cardinals after transitioning to the bullpen in the center of the entire year, posting his first two career wins and a career-best 3.20 ERA in 25 innings.

Nuez, 21, was a rising third base prospect who was simply moved to first base this year to create room for top level prospect Jordan Walker at Double-A Springfield. He was hitting .255 with 17 HR and 66 RBI for the Redbirds in his second year at that level.

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