José Quintana to the Cardinals
On August 2nd, 2022, it was announced that the Pirates would trade pending free agent José Quintana and Chris Stratton in exchange for Johan Oviedo and Malcom Nuñez. Among the players acquired, Johan Oviedo is the only one who has made it to the MLB level so far.
Since joining MLB, he has excelled with an ERA of 4.04, even though his record of 10-15 doesn't fully reflect his performance due to little run support. Malcom Nunez, a skilled player who can play both first and third base, at just 22 years old is one of the top power hitting prospects. In 2022, he showcased his slugging with an impressive 23 home runs. Although he hasn't displayed his power to the same extent in 2023, he maintains a solid batting average of .260, along with 7 home runs and 40 RBIs, making him a strong candidate for an MLB call-up in the near future.