Mets sign Jose Quintana for $26 million to continue rotation makeover

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The Mets keep losing starting pitchers — and then quickly replacing them.

A day after Taijuan Walker agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the rival Phillies, the Mets agreed to sign Jose Quintana to a two-year, $26 million contract, The Post’s Jon Heyman and Joel Sherman confirmed.

The 33-year-old lefty split last season between the Pirates and Cardinals, going a combined 6-7 with a 2.93 ERA.


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Jose Quintana pitching for the Cardinals on Oct. 7, 2022.
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Quintana will slot into the rotation behind Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander, who signed with the Mets on Monday after they lost Jacob deGrom to the Rangers. The Post reported Tuesday the Mets were interested in Japanese free agent Kodai Senga as a No. 3 starter. It is unlikely the Quintana signing will impact that pursuit.

Quintana previously pitched for the White Sox, Cubs, Angels and Giants.

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