• José Quintana

    Posted by on December 8th, 2016 · Comments (2)

    Everyone wants to trade for José Quintana. And, why not?

    He’s left-handed. He’s only 27 years old. And, for the last FOUR YEARS at the big league level, he’s been a lock for 32 starts, 200 innings, and an ERA+ around 120.

    Oh, and, by the way, Brian Cashman let him go for nothing when he was just 22-years old.

    Said Cashman: “We looked at him as a fringy prospect. We offered him a minor-league contract to stay, but not a 40-man roster position. We didn’t feel he was ahead of other guys we gave spots to.”

    This from the man who spent $46 million on Kei Igawa.

    Comments on José Quintana

    1. Evan3457
      December 8th, 2016 | 1:57 pm

      Yes, the Yanks did let him go. And before the Yanks let him go, so did the Mets. That’s how the Yanks got him in the first place. And before the Yanks let him go for good in 2011, they let him go free agent after 2010. And nobody wanted him. And then they re-signed him. So the Yanks let him go again after 2011.

      At the time when the Yanks him go, he had never pitched more than 102 innings in a season at any level, didn’t throw hard, and didn’t have an especially good record as a 22 year old in the Florida State League, striking out about 7 per 9 and allowing nearly a hit an inning as a starter. In his last 6 starts for the Yanks in 2011 in Tampa, he had an ERA of almost 6.

      And of the other 29 major league teams, only the White Sox made Quintana an offer.

    2. #15
      December 18th, 2016 | 8:42 am


      People change. Sometimes they get worse. Sometimes they get better.

      No trade is burning a hole in my pocket right now because I’m resolved to a toss-up season where the priority is to figure out if the kids at the big league and high minor league levels are for real. If they are for real and we are hanging in there… the trade deadline is our friend.

      That said, I’d dump Headley for a sack of baseballs.

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