Mets act swiftly to fill pitching staff, sign Jose Quintana to two-year deal: reports

For the second time in less than a week, the Mets have acted quickly when one of their own has left New York.

Less than 24 hours after Taijuan Walker signed with the rival Phillies, the Mets have agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal with Jose Quintana, according to a report from The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Will Sammon.

The addition of Quintana, a 33-year-old lefty who is entering his 12th season in the league, helps bolster the middle of the Mets rotation as he'll fall in behind Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.

Very quietly, Quintana posted a strong 2022 season, which began with the Pirates and ended with the Cardinals. He finished the campaign with a 6-7 record but boasted a 2.93 ERA, which was eighth-best in the National League, and a home-run rate of 0.4 per nine innings which was best in the league.

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jose Quintana delivers during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022.

Quintana only gave up eight home runs in 165⅔ innings while notching 137 strikeouts and a WHIP of 1.21. He relies on four pitches: a four-seam fastball, curveball, changeup and sinker. He threw his low-90s fastball at a career-low rate of 36 percent last season, while mixing in 28.1 percent curveballs and 19.5 percent changeups.

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Quintana will slide in alongside Carlos Carrasco in the No. 3 and 4 slots in the Mets' rotation. Now, the team can utilize David Peterson or Tylor Megill in one of the last spots in the rotation or make one more move.

Mets add another southpaw

As part of a busy Wednesday, the Mets also added left-handed reliever Brooks Raley in a trade with the Rays in exchange for prospect Keyshawn Askew. The deal was first reported by the New York Post's Jon Heyman.

Raley is coming off a strong 2022 season as he pitched in 60 games and posted a 1-2 record with a 2.68 ERA to go along with 61 strikeouts in 53⅔ innings.

The addition of the 34-year-old fills a certain need in the Mets bullpen. Last season, Joely Rodriguez was the team's lone left-handed reliever. Rodriguez signed a one-year deal with the Red Sox earlier this offseason.

Askew was a 10th round draft pick by the Mets out of Clemson in the 2021 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old pitcher split time between Class A Port St. Lucie and Class A+ Brooklyn last season.