MLB: Reports: Mets land LHP Jose Quintana

Left-hander Jose Quintana agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Quintana, who turns 34 in January, boosted his value in free agency with a strong second half in 2022 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA in 32 starts, beginning the season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and joining the Cardinals at the trade deadline.

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The Mets signed Justin Verlander, the American League Cy Young Award winner, to a two-year contract worth $86.6 million as they rebuild a rotation that lost Jacob deGrom (Rangers) and Tijuan Walker (Phillies) in free agency.

The Mets are reportedly in the lead pack of suitors for Japanese right-hander Kodai Senga, who met with general manager Billy Eppler before the winter meetings. Senga’s fastball was clocked at 98-99 mph consistently in Japan, where the 29-year-old averaged 10 strikeouts per nine innings with a 1.94 ERA last season.

In 11 seasons, Quintana is 89-87 with a 3.75 ERA. The Mets would be his sixth team since 2020, having also pitched with the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels and San Francisco Giants.

deGrom agreed to a five-year, $185 million deal with Texas and Walker agreed to a reported four-year, $72 million deal with Philadelphia.

Starter Chris Bassitt remains a free agent and could return to the Mets, according to reports.

–Field Level Media

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