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Omar Quintanilla returns to Mets on minor league deal

Jan 3, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

Quintanilla appeared in 29 games with the Mets last season prior to being traded to the Orioles for cash considerations in July. The 31-year-old became a free agent after he was non-tendered by Baltimore following the season.

Quintanilla is a .220/.279/.302 hitter in the majors, so he offers very little in the way of upside on offense, but he’s capable of playing both shortstop and second base. He could contend for a backup middle infielder job during spring training, but Brandon Hicks likely has the edge since he’s already on the 40-man roster.

  1. dondada10 - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but the Mets are the only team in baseball to not sign somebody to a major-league contract this off-season.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      They did trade for John Buck.

  2. dalucks - Jan 3, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Now the Mets should sign OF Delmon Young, P Jose Valverde, P Francisco Rodriguez and P Matt Capps to minor leaue deals or veteran minimum deals to complete our spring training roster.
    This gives the Mets help in the bullpen, options on a closer and outfield help. Given the money situation, the Mets should play moneyball.

    • dondada10 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      K-Rod? I wouldn’t sign him if he paid the Mets.

    • rcdck - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

      Why would Delmon Young sign a minor league contract?

  3. dalucks - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

    K-Rod would be an upgrade in the current bullpen. If he cannot close then move him to the setup man. If he cannot give you give the Mets 1 solid inning of work then you cut him. If is a baseball contract, not a marriage certificate.

  4. dalucks - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    After the winter meeting, there are no more big money contracts available. Anyone without a contract will sign veteran minimum or minor league deal to be on a team in spring training. The players previously mentioned are not all stars and they are coming off down year.
    Something is better than nothing.

  5. giantssb42champs - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Better this Omar returning to the Meta than another.

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