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Phillies sign Humberto Quintero to minor league contract

Nov 27, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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From Jim Salisbury of comes word that the Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract. The agreement also comes with an invitation to spring training.

To many, the move probably seems like a reaction to the 25-game amphetamine suspension handed down this afternoon to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. And it does work well as one. But the deal was actually finalized before news of that punishment spread.

Quintero batted .232/.257/.341 with one home run and 19 RBI in 144 plate appearances this past season for the Royals before being designated for assignment near the end of June. The 33-year-old then signed on with the Brewers but spent the rest of the summer with their Triple-A affiliate in Nashville, Tennessee.

Quintero will presumably team with Eric Kratz on starting catching duties for the first month of 2013.

  1. dfh3456 - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Is this they guy from the movie “Lolita”?

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    But the deal was actually finalized before news of that punishment spread.

    News to the general public you mean. It’s quite possible Ruiz and the Phillies have known for some time now.

    • Drew Silva - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      It’s possible Amaro is lying I guess, but …

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 27, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        Well we ARE talking about a guy who said not to expect the Phillies to make any major signings a few winters ago and then WHAM, signed Cliff Lee. I suppose maybe Humberto was already in the books and was just another backup catcher option they planned on looking at Spring Training. With Ninjr though you just never know…

  3. stex52 - Nov 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Q is a very solid defensive catcher. You aren’t going to get a whole lot of hitting. But he knows how to handle a pitching staff and he is good in the clubhouse. Your prototype backup catcher. They could do worse.

  4. crisisjunky - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Not to mention one of Her Majesty’s most prolific gadget designers.

    • crisisjunky - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM

      wait, that might have been ‘M’…. Bond’O’philes?

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Q is the gagdet master, M is the superior officer. You had it right the first time. Dagnabbit, I haven’t seen Skyfall yet!

  5. randygnyc - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    The phillies and Ruiz have had to have known for weeks this was pending. Today’s signing was no coincidence.

  6. deathmonkey41 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Sounds like the name a Dictator should have.

    • protius - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Generalissimo Humberto Quintero told reporters today that he will release the American hostages in exchange for 25 Papa John’s Sausage Pizzas, 30 buckets of original Kentucky Fried Chicken and 50, 2 liter bottles of Diet Coke, and the Directors Cut of American Pie.

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