This comes as no surprise. The Cubs exercised their $10.5-million team option for lefty Jose Quintana in 2019. The southpaw turns 30 this January, still with another club option in 2020.
Quintana had a bit of a rocky start to 2018 but turned things around down the stretch. He finished 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.32 WHIP overall. Quintana closed out the season going 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA in his last 9 starts.
The Cubs acquired Quintana at the 2017 trade deadline from the White Sox. He’s one of only four lefties in all of baseball with 20 wins since the trade. Others include teammate Jon Lester, Blake Snell, and J.A. Happ.
The next move for the Cubs would hopefully be exercising Cole Hamels option or working on a multi-year deal.