Giants claim former All-Star José Quintana for needed innings

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The Giants didn't wait long to add another veteran arm after parting ways with Tyler Chatwood.

Veteran lefty José Quintana was claimed from the Los Angeles Angels on Monday morning, adding another potential option to soak up innings during the final month of the season. The front office has been aggressive in pursuing depth options since the trade deadline, with righties Matt Shoemaker and Logan Ondrusek joining Chatwood on the Triple-A staff at one point.

Chatwood was DFA'd on Sunday, but Shoemaker and Ondrusek remain in Triple-A as potential fill-ins. Quintana adds yet another experienced arm as the Giants try to keep their narrow lead in the NL West.

Quintana made 24 appearances for the Angels and didn't pitch well, posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.781 WHIP. He struck out a career-high 12.3 batters per nine innings, though, and a 4.31 FIP indicates there might have been some bad luck in his outings. He also had some success as a reliever, a role the Giants likely envision for him over the next month. Chatwood essentially served as their long man.

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Quintana had a 3.93 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 14 relief appearances. He threw 38 pitches over two innings in his final Angels appearance and was a starter early in the year, so he should be stretched out. The Giants saw how important that is on Sunday when rookie Sammy Long threw 90 pitches while saving the rest of the bullpen for a series with the Milwaukee Brewers that starts Monday. 

Quintana, 32, spent his entire career in Chicago before this season, first with the White Sox and then with the Cubs. He was an All-Star in 2016.

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