Cubs activate LHP Jose Quintana … Option RHP Dylan Floro to Triple-A Iowa
The Cubs made two roster moves on Friday prior to the opener of the three-game series in Baltimore. LHP Jose Quintana was added to the 25-man roster. To make room for Quintana, RHP Dylan Floro was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
Jose Quintana will wear his familiar No. 62 and will make his Cubs’ debut on Sunday afternoon against the Orioles.
With Friday’s moves, the Cubs’ active roster stands at 12 pitchers (four starters, eight relievers) and 13 position players.
Jose Quintana, 28, was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for four minor league prospects … OF Eloy Jimenez, RHP Dylan Cease, 1B Matt Rose, INF Bryant Flete.
Quintana owns a 50-54 record with a 3.51 ERA (412 earned runs in 1,055 1/3 innings) and a 1.25 WHIP in 172 major league appearances, all but three as a starter, over the last six seasons with the White Sox (2012-17). He has made 32 or more starts while reaching 200 or more innings in each of the last four campaigns.
Last season, Quintana went 13-12 with a 3.20 ERA (74 earned runs in 208 innings) and a 1.16 WHIP in 32 starts, earning his first-career All-Star nod. He set career highs in innings pitched (208), strikeouts (181) and wins (13) while limiting foes to a .246 batting average, .295 on-base percentage and .393 slugging percentage, good for a .687 OPS against. His batting average against to both sides of the plate was nearly identical, as right-handed batters hit .247 and left-handers hit .246. Quintana received Cy Young votes at the end of the campaign and went on to pitch in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Colombia.
Quintana has gone 4-8 with a 4.49 ERA (52 earned runs in 104 1/3 innings) and a 1.32 WHIP in 18 starts for the White Sox this season, averaging better than a strikeout per inning for the first time in his career (109 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings pitched), and remains on pace for his fifth-consecutive 32-plus start, 200-plus inning season in his career.
Dylan Floro, 26, has no record, a 6.52 ERA (seven earned runs in 9 2/3 innings) and 1.75 WHIP in three outings with the Cubs this season. With Iowa this year, Floro has gone 2-1 with one save, a 3.00 ERA (13 earned runs in 39 innings) and a 1.25 WHIP in 21 appearances … 19 in relief and two as a starter.