Pirates signs veteran pitcher José Quintana and avoids arbitration with outfielder Ben Gamel

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates signed veteran pitcher Jose Quintana to a one-year deal on Monday and avoided arbitration with outfielder Ben Gamel by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal.

Quintana, 32, gives a needed veteran presence to a starting pitching staff that was among the worst in the majors in 2021. Quintana is 83-80 with a 3.84 ERA in 10 seasons with the Chicago White Sox. Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.

Colombian Quintana split time between the Dodgers and Giants in 2021, going 0-3 with a 6.43 ERA in 29 combined appearances, including 10 starts.

Gamel played well at times for the Pirates in 2021, after Pittsburgh reclaimed him from the Cleveland Guardians waivers in May.

The team’s deal with Gamel is worth $ 1.8 million, the Associated Press reported, with an additional $ 100,000 in performance incentives available for making 450 plate appearances and another $ 100,000 for 550.

Gamel hit .247 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs in 111 games for the Pirates, primarily playing left field. He is the second position player Pittsburgh has renewed last week.

The Pirates settled with first baseman / outfielder Yoshi Tsutsugo on a one-year, $ 4 million deal last Wednesday.

To make room for Quintana on the 40-man roster, Pittsburgh designated left-hander Steven Brault for the assignment.

Brault was 12-18 with a 4.77 ERA while playing a variety of roles for the Pirates. He struggled to stay healthy in 2021 and was winless in seven appearances (three starts) with a 5.86 ERA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.