Halos agree to terms with lefty Quintana

January 23rd, 2021

The Angels made their first move in addressing a dire need for starting pitching this offseason by agreeing to terms with free-agent left-hander on Friday.

The deal is for one year and $8 million, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

Quintana will reunite with skipper Joe Maddon, who managed him from 2017-19 with the Cubs. The lefty, who turns 32 on Sunday, owns a 3.73 ERA over nine big league seasons, and he earned an All-Star selection in '16 as a member of the White Sox.

Quintana posted a 4.50 ERA last season after a laceration to his left thumb during Summer Camp and lat injury later in the season limited him to just 10 innings over four appearances (one start).

Durability had been one of Quintana’s best assets, as he surpassed 30 starts and tossed at least 171 innings each season from 2013-19. This is perhaps the most attractive quality to the Angels, who in '19 had only one starting pitcher (Trevor Cahill) reach 100 innings.

The acquisition of Quintana -- who figures to slot somewhere in the middle of an Angels rotation that currently also projects , , and -- is the first of what is expected to be several moves by new general manager Perry Minasian this offseason to address a poor rotation that combined for the second-worst ERA in the Majors last season.