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While it wasn’t the big splash that many Pirates fans weren’t expecting but secretly hoped for, the Pirates did make a move to bolster their starting rotation on Sunday. Jake Crouse of MLB.com reported that they had reached a one-year, $2 million agreement with free agent southpaw Jose Quintana.
To say that Quintana struggled during the 2021 season would be a massive understatement. The 32-year-old hurler posted a cringe-inducing 6.43 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 85/35 K/BB ratio over 63 innings between the Angels and Giants.
Prior to that though, he had been one of the more dependable starting pitcher options in all of baseball. From 2013-2019, Quintana logged at least 170 innings in every season while posting a respectable 3.72 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 8.1 K/9. He did that stellar work with the Cubs -- so he already has plenty of familiarity with the National League Central.
Provided he can find at least some semblance of his former self, he should be able to land a spot in the club’s Opening Day rotation. His current draft cost is non-existent -- going undrafted in early NFBC Draft Champions drafts that run 750 players deep. That’ll surely change with this news. Expect Quintana to land somewhere in the neighborhood of pick 500 overall.
Brewers Add Pedro Severino
The Pirates weren’t the only squad in the National League Central making moves on Sunday though. The Brewers bolstered their team behind the plate by agreeing to a one-year, $1.9 million contract with Pedro Severino according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The deal, which is still pending a physical, also includes an additional $400,000 in incentives.
While Omar Narvaez is firmly entrenched as the team’s starting catcher, the Brewers lost the other half of last season’s catching tandem when Manny Pina signed with the Braves. Severino should fill that opening nicely. The 28-year-old slashed .248/.308/.383 with 11 homers, 46 RBI and a 109/34 K/BB ratio over 419 plate appearances with the Orioles during the 2021 campaign. He’s likely to see the bulk of his action against left-handed pitching, similar to how Pina was utilized.
Prior to this news, Severino was going off the board around pick 460 in early NFBC drafts. I don’t anticipate that changing much based on this news, as though we now know where he’ll be playing, he looks to be on the short side of the platoon for the Brewers.
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Seiya Suzuki to be Posted on Monday
Major League Baseball informed all 30 teams on Sunday that Japanese outfielder Seiya Suzuki will be officially posted on Monday morning.
All interested teams have a 30-day window in which to sign the 27-year-old slugger -- giving them until 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, December 22. However, with a possible lockout pending on December 2, it’s likely that there will be urgency to get a deal done before then.
Suzuki had another outstanding season with the Hiroshima Carp in 2021, slashing .319/.436/.640 with 38 homers, 88 RBI and nine stolen bases in 535 plate appearances across 133 games. He has now hit over .300 and eclipsed the 25-homer plateau in each of the last seven seasons.
The Mariners, Rangers, Phillies, Braves and Mets have already been mentioned among the early suitors, though there’s expected to be plenty of interest around the league. Early drafters seem to be bullish on his prospects, as he has gone as high as pick 192 in early NFBC Draft Champions drafts.
MLB Quick Hits: Former Rays left-hander Dietrich Enns signed with the Seibu Lions of Japan’s Pacific League. … Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Sunday that the Astros are in the market for an elite shortstop -- even if they are unable to retain Carlos Correa. … Joel Sherman of the New York Post noted that the Yankees are not actively pursuing an elite shortstop, though they are monitoring the group and could look to swoop in if the market collapses.