The Cubs announced on Wednesday that José Quintana’s 2019 club option for $10.5 million has been exercised. Quintana has another club option for 2020 at the same amount with a $1 million buyout.
Quintana, 29, completed his first full season with the Cubs after coming over from the White Sox in a trade last summer. In 2018, he posted a 4.03 ERA with a 158/68 K/BB ratio in 174 1/3 innings.
Quintana will slot into a rotation that currently includes Kyle Hendricks, Jon Lester, and Mike Montgomery. We should find out soon if the Cubs decide to pick up Cole Hamels‘ $20 million club option.
On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.
Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.
Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.