Cubs exercise option on LHP Quintana
The Chicago Cubs exercised their 2019 option on left-handed pitcher José Quintana on Wednesday and also claimed left-hander Jerry Vasto off waivers from the Kansas City Royals.
Quintana will receive $10.5 million next season.
Right-hander Brandon Kintzler will also be back with the team. The Cubs declined a $10 million team option on Kintzler, who intends to exercise his $5 million player option for next season.
The Cubs acquired Quintana, who turns 30 in January, from the crosstown Chicago White Sox in 2017, and he finished 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts in his first full season with the team. Since joining the Cubs, he has gone 20-14 with a 3.93 ERA in 46 starts and is one of only four left-handers in the major leagues to win 20 games or more since the 2017 All-Star break.
Vasto, 26, is 12-12 with 26 saves and a 3.79 ERA in 180 minor league relief appearances over seasons in the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals organizations. He made his major league debut in 2018 and pitched briefly with both teams, combining to go 0-1 with an 8.31 ERA in six relief outings. Vasto went 3-1 with three saves and a 3.08 ERA in 38 Triple-A relief appearances last season, as well.
Vasto was selected by the Rockies in the 24th round of the 2014 draft. The Rockies traded him to the Royals for catcher Drew Butera on Aug. 31, 2018.
Kintzler struggled after being acquired from the Washington Nationals on July 31. He went 2-1 a 7.00 ERA in 25 appearances (18 innings) with the Cubs. Kintzler has a 3.48 ERA over 368 career relief appearances in nine big league seasons.
--Field Level Media
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