St. Louis Cardinals Trade For Starting Pitcher

 The St. Louis Cardinals were in the market for some rotation help, and it was mission accomplished late Monday night as they landed an 11-year veteran. 

Jose Quintana joined the Pirates this season, and it was never in doubt that he would be dealt once he re-established his value, which he's more than done with his 3.50 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. 

The 33-year-old had struggled in recent seasons, and it wasn't clear what he had left in the tank, but his performance with the Bucs this year has earned him a trade to a playoff contender. 

The Cardinals also received RHP Chris Stratton in the deal, while the Pirates receive RHP Johan Oviedo and minor league third baseman Malcolm Nunez. 

The Cards rotation has been hit by injuries this season, with Jack Flaherty out once again, and Steven Matz missing considerable time. Quintana can fill in as a decent back-end of the rotation arm.

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