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Cubs exercise José Quintana’s option

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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.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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