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Mets sign infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league deal

Jan 3, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

Omar Quintanilla, John McDonald

In an effort to add some middle infield depth behind projected starters Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Once upon a time Quintanilla was a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 30 years old with just 582 career plate appearances in the majors.

He’s also hit just .213 with a .552 OPS in that big-league action, which is particularly unimpressive considering most of it came in Colorado, but Quintanilla has consistently posted decent numbers at Triple-A and gives the Mets a shortstop alternative should Tejada struggle stepping into Jose Reyes‘ shoes.

  1. mojosmagic - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Fits the post Madoff mold. Sucks and plays for peanuts.

  2. loge23 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Apparently, “sucks and plays for peanuts” isn’t quite low enough for our Metsies anymore.
    This one also has a 50 gamer hanging over his sorry head!
    Talk about dumpster diving!!

  3. jwbiii - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Are you sure about the suspension? Quintanilla was busted in August 2010 and activated in May 2011. Did he get popped again? And if so, why only 50 games and not 100?

    http://bizofbaseball.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=996&Itemid=85

    • rangersphan - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:17 PM

      Correct. He’s served the suspension already.

      • rangersphan - Jan 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

        He only had 50 game suspension, which he served.

      • jwbiii - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        And the paragraph about the suspension disappears from the post.

  4. Old Gator - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    So much for those who claimed the Mutts weren’t doing anything to improve the team this weenter.

  5. Jonny 5 - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Good signing indeed. That man is 5 flavors of Vanilla.

  6. arrooo - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    Why is this even in the news?

    • Old Gator - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Because nothing else is. We don’t threaten aircraft carriers here.

  7. sicklife1 - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Are the Mets serious???? Not only does this guy blow, he can’t even play for the first 50 games. I’ve been a Mets fan for a long time & can’t remember a lower point in our history….not even blowing a 7 game lead with 17 to play was this bad.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jan 4, 2012 at 3:23 PM

      See above where it is detailed that he already served the suspension.

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