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José Quintana Biography

José Quintana is a Colombian professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He also played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox.

He pitched in Minor League Baseball for the New York Mets and New York Yankees organizations before becoming a free agent and signing with the Chicago White Sox before the 2012 season. He made his MLB debut in 2012, and was named an All-Star in 2016. The White Sox traded Quintana to the Cubs in 2017.

José Quintana Age

Quintana was born on January 24th, 1989. He is aged 30 years as of 2019.

José Quintana Salary, Contract and Net Worth

Quintana signed a 5 year / $26,500,000 contract with the Chicago White Sox, including $26,500,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $5,300,000. In 2019, Quintana will earn a base salary of $10,500,000, while carrying a total salary of $10,500,000.

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Quintana is a married man. He and his wife, Michel, have a daughter.

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José Quintana Professional Career

Minor leagues
He signed as an international free agent with the New York Mets, and began his professional career in the Rookie-level Venezuelan Summer League (VSL), pitching for the VSL Mets in 2006. Quintana did not play in 2007 as he was suspended for violating the terms of Minor League Baseball’s drug policy. He signed with the New York Yankees in 2008. Later he pitched the 2008 and 2009 seasons in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League (DSL) with the DSL Yankees 2.

The year 2010, he pitched for the Gulf Coast Yankees of the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and the Charleston RiverDogs of the Class A South Atlantic League. Quintana in 2011 posted a 10–2 win–loss record and a 2.91 earned run average (ERA), with 88 strikeouts in 102 innings pitched for the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League (FSL). Quintana became a minor league free agent after the 2011 season.[4]

Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox’ scouts Daraka Shaheed and Joe Siers, who watched Quintana pitch in the FSL the previous season, recommended that the team sign him. He signed with the White Sox, receiving a major league contract, on November 10, 2011. White Sox assigned Quintana to the Birmingham Barons of the Class AA Southern League.

Upon starting the season with a 1–2 win-loss record, a 3.06 ERA, and 26 strikeouts in 35 innings pitched for Birmingham, the White Sox promoted Quintana to the majors on May 7, 2012, according to a new MLB rule that allow teams to carry a 26th man on their 25-man roster during the day of a doubleheader; the White Sox returned Quintana to Birmingham after the games.

Quintana made his MLB debut in the first game of the doubleheader, pitching ​5 2⁄3 innings in relief, allowing no runs, one hit, and two walks while striking out three. He was optioned back to Birmingham the next day, and he stayed there up until May 24, when he was promoted to the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League. He did not pitch there, as he was promoted to Chicago the next day when John Danks was placed on the 15-day DL.

Quintana on May 25, 2012 got his first Major League victory during a 9–3 victory over the Cleveland Indians pitching six innings giving up two runs on four hits, walking three and striking out four. In a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 30, 2012, Quintana was ejected by umpire Mark Wegner after throwing a pitch behind Ben Zobrist. In the 2012 year, Quintana appeared in 25 games making 22 starts going 6–6 with a 3.76 ERA.

The year 2013, Quintana pitched 200 innings in 33 starts, going 9–7 with 164 strikeouts and a 3.51 ERA. Quintana 17 no decisions were the most among MLB starting pitchers in 2013. Quintana signed a five-year extension with the White Sox in March 24, 2014, which also includes club options for a further two years. Quintana qualified as a “Super 2” arbitration eligible player after the 2014 season, activating a clause in his contract making the deal worth a guaranteed $26.5 million.

In the 2014 year, Quintana made 32 starts going 9–11 with 178 strikeouts and a 3.32 ERA in 200⅓ innings. Later he followed up with a 3.36 ERA and 9–10 record with 177 strikeouts in ​206 1⁄3 innings in 2015. That season he led all major league pitchers in curveball percentage (30.9%). During the All-Star break in 2016, Quintana pitched to a 7–8 record with a 3.21 ERA in ​117 2⁄3 innings pitched.

Quintana was named to the MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Danny Salazar. Quintana finished the season 13–12 with a 3.20 ERA, striking out 181 batters while making 32 starts. He finished tied for tenth in the voting for the American League Cy Young Award with Michael Fulmer, receiving one fifth place vote. He pitched for the Colombian national baseball team in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

White Sox named him their Opening Day starting pitcher for the 2017 season.

Chicago Cubs
2017 season
The White Sox traded Quintana to the Chicago Cubs for prospects Eloy Jiménez, Dylan Cease, Matt Rose, and Bryant Flete in July 13, 2017. Quintana made his first start for the Cubs on July 16, striking out twelve in an 8–0 victory against the Baltimore Orioles. He struggled in August, but had a 2.51 ERA in five starts in September.

2018 season
He had a 13–11 record and a 4.03 ERA in 32 starts for the Cubs in 2018. Quintana started the 2018 National League Central tie-breaker game. Upon end of the season, the Cubs exercised their $10.5 million contract option on Quintana for the 2019 season.

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