After a very underwhelming season to date with the Los Angeles Angels, pitcher Jose Quintana was put on waivers. On Monday, the San Francisco Giants decided to take a flier on the lefty.
Quintana pitched in 24 games for the Angels this season, starting 10 of them. He had an ERA of 6.75 and didn't record a win.
The move by the Giants to scoop him up is likely to add an arm that can eat some innings in September as San Francisco closes in on a playoff berth.
Entering play Monday, the Giants lead the Los Angeles Dodgers by 2.5 games in the tightly contested National League West. Whoever doesn't win the division will almost certainly have the first wildcard spot in the NL, pending an unlikely collapse by either LA or San Francisco.
Quintana started the year in the rotation for the Angels and was then sent to the bullpen. It's hard to imagine the Giants giving him any starts unless they are in a real bind.
The Giants have been one of the biggest surprises in all of baseball this year. In the offseason, all the headlines coming out of the NL West circulated around the Dodgers and the San Diego Padres. It's San Francisco though, who will enter September with the division lead.
Expect to see other teams hit the waiver wire throughout MLB as rosters will expand down the stretch run of the season with the playoffs looming around the corner.