The Chicago White Sox and starter Jose Quintana have agreed to a five-year extension, worth at least $21 million extension, the team announced. The deal can reach up to $26.5 million if he qualifies as a Super Two after 2014, but will remain at $21 million if he does not. The deal includes team options for both 2019 and 2020, worth $10.5 million and $11.5 million, respectively.
The 25-year-old Quintana went 9-7 with a 3.51 ERA in 33 starts with the White Sox in 2013. The breakout season for Quintana included a 7.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 1.04 HR/9, and a 42.5% ground-ball rate. He was made nearly untouchable by the White Sox over trade, so it makes sense that he can be locked up into his future with the club.
"I wanted this opportunity. I talked to my agent last year and I wanted to play hard for a new contract. And now the moment is now. The moment is here - and it's really good for me to stay with the White Sox." -- Jose Quintana (via the White Sox on Facebook).
Quintana's extension makes a lot of sense for both sides of the negotiations. Quintana gets to stay in Chicago, the team he started his career with, and the White Sox are able to get a very good pitcher to lead their staff as they rebuild and attempt to bring themselves back to the top of the American League Central.