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Cards to include SP depth with deal for Quintana (source)

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ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals fortified their starting rotation with a much-needed left-hander on Monday night, finalizing a trade with the Pirates for 33-year-old southpaw Jos Quintana and righty reliever Chris Stratton.

Quintana, an 11-year MLB veteran, was 3-5 with a 3.50 ERA in 20 starts for the Pirates this year. In 103 innings, he struck out 89 batters and walked 31. Throughout his well-traveled career, Quintana has pitched for the White Sox, Cubs, Angels, Giants and Pirates.

To obtain Quintana, the Cardinals surrendered a set of Cuba natives in 6-foot-5 right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo and 21-year-old third base/first base prospect Malcolm Nuez, who’s ranked because the No. 10 prospect in the Cardinals system by MLB Pipeline and contains hit .255 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI this year at Double-A Springfield. Oviedo, who captured his first MLB win this year after making 19 straight starts with the loss or perhaps a no-decision on the previous 3 years, have been used from the bullpen in recent weeks by the Cardinals. The Cards designated catcher Austin Romine for assignment in a corresponding move.

Quintana will slot in to the Cardinals rotation instead of left-handed starter Steven Matz, who isnt likely to pitch again this year after tearing the medial collateral ligament in his left knee on July 23 in Cincinnati. The Cardinals signed Matz to a four-year, $44 million free-agent deal in the offseason so that they can bring some balance with their righty-heavy starting staff.

Quintana, a free of charge agent at seasons end, has generated a 45 percent ground-ball rate this year — something the Cardinals covet with five 2021 Gold Glove defenders on the roster. The Cardinals rank first in the Majors in double plays.

Without Jack Flaherty and Matz for a lot of the growing season, the Cardinals have already been utilizing a four-man rotation because the All-Star break, and could actually do so due to two off-days on the schedule. However, with the Cubs and Yankees set to go to St. Louis another six nights for just two three-game series, the Cardinals have to add depth with their starting staff ahead of Tuesdays 5 p.m. CT Trade Deadline.

Stratton, 31, has posted a 4.61 ERA over seven Major League seasons and is under club control through 2023.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Walker hit four home runs in a three-day stretch this last weekend at Double-A, and in 80 games, hes slashed .305/.390/.514 while accumulating 24 doubles, 12 home runs and 44 RBIs. Over his last 162 Minor League games at Palm Beach, Peoria and Springfield, Walker has 49 doubles, 26 home runs and 84 RBIs.

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