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Willson Contreras Defends Teammate Jose Quintana After Criticism

Friday marks the one year anniversary of his trade from the White Sox to the Cubs

It’s been exactly one year since Jose Quintana was traded to the Chicago Cubs, and after a local TV host made critical comments about his play, his teammate strongly defended him.

NBC Sports Chicago postgame host David Kaplan, who also hosts a radio show for ESPN 1000, used a car analogy to criticize Quintana’s performance as a member of the Cubs.

“The Cubs paid the price to acquire a Mercedes, and Quintana has pitched like a Buick much of the time,” Kaplan said.

The network posted the comment on Instagram, and Cubs catcher Willson Contreras left a strongly worded comment on the post, saying that his teammate is more like a “Ferrari.”

“Many people like to talk trash, but 100 percent of trash talkers are unable to do what Quintana can do,” he said. “For me, Quintana is not a Mercedes, he is a Ferrari. Because every time that he goes (to) the mound to pitch he does with the heart and with the desire to give the team (the) W.”

Since joining the Cubs, Quintana has a 15-9 record with a 3.86 ERA and 185 strikeouts in 182 innings of work. 

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