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Pirates Send Jose Quintana to Cardinals For Johan Oviedo, Prospect




The Pittsburgh Pirates traded left-hander Jose Quintana and reliever Chris Stratton to the St. Louis Cardinals late Monday night for right-hander Johan Oviedo and corner infield prospect Malcom Nunez.

Nunez, 21, has been in the Cardinals’ Double-A system the entire year, and in 298 at-bats, has a slash line of .255/.360/.463 with an OPS of .823. Nunez has shown some pop in his bat with 17 homers, 11 doubles, and 66 RBIs.

Oviedo, 24l, has split time between the Cardinals’ major league club and their Triple-A affiliate. During his time in the majors this year, Oviedo has pitched in 25.1 innings with a 3.20 ERA. Oviedo seems like a classic case of a high strikeout guy with some control issues (9.24 K/9, 2.49 BB/9).

The Cardinals were in the market for a lefty with Steven Matz likely out for the season, and the Pirates saw an opportunity to send Quintana within the National League Central. Quintana (3-5) has a 3.50 ERA across 103 innings this season, along with 89 strikeouts. Quintana should be just what the doctor ordered for the Cardinals as they enter into the home stretch.

Now Pirates fans must wait for the 6 p.m. deadline Tuesday evening for any more potential trades. For now, it seems, the Pirates have dealt the biggest asset they were willing to part with.

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I think it is a good return for a rental that demonstrates just how pitching starved the trade market is. I really didn’t think that they would get a team’s top 10 prospect for Q. The expanded playoffs have made more teams contenders and the deadline a seller’s market.

Last edited 7 days ago by ThePenguin71
Cody Potanko

The only issue in the deal was including Stratton. Usually, when you trade in your own division there is a bit of an overpay. Not going to say that it was a bad trade just yet, just seems a bit much to add Stratton in the deal.


I would argue that Stratton has little value right now, so it is a coin flip, as to if the Bucs lost much by dealing him, and I seriously doubt that the phone was ringing off of the hook with teams making offers for Stratton. It seems like the Pirates could have thrown him into the package to get two players that they really liked. I understand the move from the Cards POV, but I am not sure if it moves the needle much for them. This is one of those deals that if the Pirates hit on one of the players will look amazing for them, and if they don’t, it will be a forgotten minor transaction.


Cards may see the current Pirate organization as a place where prospects struggle and stagnate.

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