Giants claim José Quintana off waivers to add pitching depth for stretch run


The Giants have taken a flier on a formerly productive pitcher. Monday, it was announced that they claimed left-hander José Quintana off waivers from the Angels. Quintana replaces fellow former Cubs pitcher Tyler Chatwood — who the Giants recently designated for assignment — on the 40-man roster. 

Quintana, 32, was a very good starter in his White Sox years and progressively regressed through his four seasons with the Cubs. He only managed 10 innings pitched in 2020 due to injury and then signed a one-year, $8 million deal with the Angels last winter, reuniting with manager Joe Maddon. In his 53 1/3 innings for the Angels this year, he pitched to a 6.75 ERA and 1.78 WHIP. He did post the highest K rate of his career with 73 strikeouts. 

Likely the Giants aren’t planning on using Quintana in the rotation, not even in spot starts. They have a full and productive rotation, so Quintana is bullpen depth. The good news here is that Quintana’s ugly numbers are almost fully due to his 10 starts. In 14 relief appearances, he has a 3.93 ERA and 1.25 WHIP with 22 strikeouts against three walks in 18 1/3 innings. 

The Giants haven’t hit on everyone (Chatwood comes to mind), but they’ve also had a bit of a magic wand with players this season. In the bullpen alone, they’ve gotten great work from the likes of Tyler Rogers, José Alvarez, Jarlin García, Zack Littell, Dominic Leone and a handful of others who wouldn’t really have moved the needle when glancing at the team’s talent level on paper heading into the year. They’ll be looking to add Quintana to that list. 

The Giants head into Monday at 84-46, the best record in baseball. They have a 2 1/2-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. 

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