2) What we love and what we don’t like about the Mets signing Jose Quintana
The Mets continued adding to their rotation with the addition of Jose Quintana. The veteran lefty is joining the Mets on a two-year deal worth $26 million. It’s a pretty good price for a guy who had a successful 2022 campaign with a bad team and one that made it into the postseason.
Quintana is surprisingly one of the younger starting pitchers the Mets will put on the mound in 2023. Age isn’t much of a factor with him in a negative or positive sense.
What we love about this signing is the upside. If Quintana can continue to pitch as well as he did in 2022 for the Mets in 2023 and 2024, he’s going to look like a free agent bargain.
This isn’t, however, much of a guarantee. Quintana’s 2022 season was a “comeback” year after several down seasons. It’s very possibly he regresses backward more into the pitcher he was with the Chicago Cubs.
That’s not what we dislike about this deal. What’s not so fantastic is how deep Quintana should be expected to go. While he managed to stay healthy and effective last year, Quintana averaged barely over 5 innings per start. The Mets are going to rely on their bullpen heavily whenever he takes the mound. Quintana was a good signing. He just wasn’t a perfect one.