Sources — St. Louis Cardinals finalize deal for Pittsburgh Pirates’ Jose Quintana

Urgently in need of a starting pitcher, the St. Louis Cardinals finalize a deal to acquire left-handed Jose Quintana from the Pittsburgh Pirates, sources familiar with the deal told ESPN Monday night.

Quintana, 33, had bounced around and battled ineffectiveness for the past two seasons before gaining a foothold at Pittsburgh this year. Always dependent on command and control, Quintana looked like the pitcher of his best time, playing 103 innings of 3.50 ERA baseball with 89 strikeouts and 31 walks.

Pittsburgh signed Quintana for $2 million in the off-season, one of the winter’s best bargains. It will turn him into a division rival whose pitching depth had racked up significant hits with recent injuries to the most talented starter, Jack Flaherty (shoulder), and his big offseason free agent signing, Steven Matz (knee).

The Cardinals had inquired from a wide spectrum of starters, but ended up at Quintana to play in with Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson and Andre Pallante in hopes of snatching first place Milwaukee Brewers, who earlier Monday won their All -Star closer traded, Josh Hader, to the San Diego Padres.

Pittsburgh gets a pitcher and a chance to hit in the deal, which could also mean another player moving to St. Louis, according to a source. And while the Cardinals could target another starter before the 6 p.m. trade deadline Tuesday, their main focus is on deadline darling, Washington outfielder Juan Soto, who could be traded to the Cardinals, San Diego Padres or Los Angeles Dodgers — or stay with the Nationals.

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