At 25 years old, Jose Quintana has clearly become the second guy in the White Sox pitching rotation. He may have only a 15-13 record with a 3.61 ERA in two seasons with the Sox, but most fans can see the potential with the young left-hander from Colombia, along with the White Sox brass.
On Monday, Quintana inked a five-year extension worth as much as $26.5 million with two player options that could make the extension as high as $48.5 million, according to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla.
The White Sox Twitter posted a statement from Quintana after the extension was announced:
I wanted this opportunity. I talked to my agent last year and I wanted to play hard for a new contract and the moment is now, the moment is here — and it’s really good for me to stay with the White Sox. -Jose Quintana via @whitesox
In his first full season with the Sox in 2013, Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 200 innings pitched. Quintana ranked fifth among American League left-handers in ERA and sixth in strikeouts.
White Sox GM Rick Hahn expressed excitement and joy from being able to come to terms with Quintana on Monday.
With this extension, the Sox have their two top starting pitchers locked up through the 2019 season. Both pitchers will soon enter their prime seasons with the Sox (Chris Sale will turn 25 this Sunday and Quintana is already 25).
The process to building a core in baseball begins with starting pitching. Without a few solid arms atop the rotation, it’s safe to say that success will be extremely limited. Baseball’s a pitcher’s game, and the Sox have two of the bright young southpaws in the American League as their ace and No. 2.
Although Quintana’s numbers are limited with just one full season under his belt on the South Side, the potential for him to become a star is there, or at least the Sox believe so.
Jose Quintana's deal makes a lot of sense. Teams who tried to trade for him in offseason said #WhiteSox demands made almost untouchable.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) March 24, 2014
Along with the Sox hanging on to Quintana, not only are he and Sale locked up through 2019, they’re locked up for a grand total of $108.5 million (at full price of the Quintana extension which is technically through 2020). CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes used the perfect hashtag to describe that money: “#Value”.