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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.