CINCINNATI, OH: Humberto Quintero #55 of the Houston Astros reacts after missing the tag at home plate against Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Humberto Quintero, Jason Bourgeois Traded To Royals

Tuesday, the Kansas City Royals traded for Houston's Humberto Quintero and Jason Bourgeois, sending a minor-league pitcher and a player to be named later to the Astros.

  • Live
2 Total Updates since March 20, 2012
  • Updates 1
  • Articles 1
  • All Updates 2

Humberto Quintero: Specialist

Tuesday, the Astros and Royals swung a trade. Maybe you think the most interesting player involved is Jason Bourgeois. Maybe you think the most interesting player involved is Kevin Chapman. Maybe you think the most interesting player involved is the player to be named later. But here I'm going to give a little attention to Humberto Quintero.

You're forgiven if you hadn't heard of Quintero before, or if you knew of him but didn't know he was in the majors. Quintero's hardly a household name, having batted 1,137 times over the past nine years. He's 32, and he has a career 58 OPS+. That's a statistic where 100 is league-average, and better than 100 is better than league-average.

So Quintero doesn't hit. That just isn't his thing. The Royals sought him out for some reason, though, as a fill-in for the injured Salvador Perez. What might that reason be?

Defense. Obviously, it's defense. Last summer, Mike Fast studied the effect of pitch-framing, and Quintero scored well. His receiving was found to save about five runs per full season over the average backstop. Beyond that, last fall, Bojan Koprivica studied the effect of pitch-blocking. Quintero scored very well. In fact, he finished first, as the best pitch-blocker in baseball. That's another five or six runs per full season over the average backstop.

Throw in some good ... throwing ... and Quintero seems to be one of baseball's best defensive catchers, as far as we can measure them. That explains why he's hung around for so long, and that probably explains why the Royals got him. The Royals might not care about these numbers specifically - we know they have a very different opinion of Yuniesky Betancourt's defense than everyone else - but I'm guessing they have a sense that Quintero's really good back there, and so they'll hope he can help the pitchers until Perez recovers from his injury.

Continue
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.