The Pittsburgh Pirates officially added one potential starting pitcher, only to get rid of one other potential starting to make room for him. Lefty Jose Quintana’s signing, which was reported last week, was finally made official. To make room on the 40-man roster, Steven Brault has been designated for assignment.
Brault was out for much of 2021, and he had a 5.86 ERA in 27.2 innings over seven starts. In parts of six seasons with the Pirates, he has a 4.77 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP in 343.1 innings. He was eligible for arbitration this year after making $2,050,000 last year. While Quintana has had better seasons in the past, he’s going to be 33 years old in 2022 and he’s coming off of a season in which he had a 6.43 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP in 63 innings. His 2020 season was limited to ten innings, and he had a 4.68 ERA in 2019.