Mets Re-Sign Omar Quintanilla

The Mets have re-signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league deal, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweets. Quintanilla is represented by MVP Sports Group.

The Mets non-tendered Quintanilla in December after he hit .222/.306/.283 in 359 plate appearances for them last season. He also hit .333/.419/.484 in 148 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.

If the Mets don't make a move at shortstop, they'll head into the 2014 season with Ruben Tejada as their starter. Tejada hit just .202/.259/.260 in 2013, and Quintanilla should provide the Mets with shortstop depth if Tejada struggles again. He could also win a bench job coming out of camp.


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39 Comments on "Mets Re-Sign Omar Quintanilla"


murph180
1 year 6 months ago

Really? I thought we got away from this… I guess there goes Stephen Drew and Tejada is the starter with Q backing him up..

ajd121
1 year 6 months ago

Which could be exactly what the Sandy wants Boras to think.

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

I hope you’re right lol… Idk if I can take another year of Tejada/Q

jvent
1 year 6 months ago

oh thank GOD now we dont have to worry about looking for another ss lol

ajd121
1 year 6 months ago

Scott Boras just punched his computer screen….

rct
1 year 6 months ago

I’m sure tomorrow’s news will be the resigning of Justin Turner.

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

I hope so, I really do

rct
1 year 6 months ago

Same here. As a backup, he can play all the infield positions and his bat isn’t terrible. I’m assuming the Mets non-tendered him because they thought his arb number would be too high, but it’ll be interesting to see what kind of offers he gets from other clubs.

Erik Christensen
1 year 6 months ago

I heard the Twins are trying to sign Turner

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 6 months ago

There was also a personality clash that contributed to him being non-tendered.

I Want My Bird
1 year 6 months ago

He wanted to win and they didn’t, hey oh!

rct
1 year 6 months ago

There was? Sort of surprises me, he seemed loved by all his teammates and Collins. Oh well, I guess.

greggofboken
1 year 6 months ago

It was reported that the Mets were unhappy with his work ethic. It leaked out when they opted not to re-up him…which it shouldn’t have. So somebody in the organization had an axe to grind.

Ruben_Tomorrow
1 year 6 months ago

I thought so too, but Ed Coleman made that point out. Maybe the Mets were sick of the pies?

rubiconx0
1 year 6 months ago

no one would be surprised!

Dawn Krol
1 year 6 months ago

I thought somebody did sign Turner.

rubiconx0
1 year 6 months ago

KIss Drew goodbye now, as usual the Mets(Mutts) take the cheap way out, this is such a weak line up,another losing season here we come!

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

They only want Drew for one year because next years free agent shortstops are much better and they don’t want to be tied down with Drew…. And I must say, I agree

NewYorkMammoths
1 year 6 months ago

We’re gettin’ the bad back together.

Bob M
1 year 6 months ago

Ok. Tejada is not what we wanted, but I’m not sure what the big deal about Drew is. He’s simply not that good. He had a good year last year, but he’s injury prone, and his regular stats are not good enough to warrant the money or all this worrying about him getting away. Who cares?

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

Drew is a top 10 ss.

Bob M
1 year 6 months ago

I get that. And I wouldn’t mind having him, but injury prone and an underwhelming top 10. Not that much of a loss IMHO.Too much money for not that much. If they can get him on the cheap, then fine, but otherwise – not really worth it. He also won’t be playing with the Red Sox lineup, His production won’t be nearly as good as last year.

Senor_Met
1 year 6 months ago

No, he’s really not.

In no particular order, here are a few shortstops I would put above Drew: Tulowitzki, Desmond, Castro, Hanley Ramirez, Lowrie, Andrus, Aybar, Segura, Iglesias, Alexei Ramirez, Peralta, Reyes, Simmons, Escobar, Hardy, and hell, I’ll even throw Bogaerts in there because I’d much rather have him.

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

He’s better than Lowrie, Iglesias, Ramirez, Escobar, Peralta and Andrus……

Andrew Rosner
1 year 6 months ago

What you mentioned on Drew is correct but the biggest drawback to him in my mind is that he is a streak hitter. He could hit .300 for a stretch then hit .220 for another stretch. Not the kind of player I like

letsgogiants
1 year 6 months ago

Why is everyone making a fuss over a minor league deal?

Run Support Group
1 year 6 months ago

Because Mets fans (us) will overreact to every minor signing? IMO this is just Sandy trying to mess with Boras more

Lord of the Fries
1 year 6 months ago

Because Mets minor league signings have a way of getting significant playing time by the All-Star break, as Quintanilla has in each of the last two seasons.

I Want My Bird
1 year 6 months ago

So Grandy/Young were just to improve a little bit? Like, to say you did something? Pique the fans interest just slightly? You just dabble your toes in the water, you never will swim. Insert “it’s not in the Mets best interest to add a ton of free agent payroll at this time” comments. I’m not even saying that they are Stephen Drew away from competing, it’s just the sheer amount of holes across the field ….

murph180
1 year 6 months ago

Where are these “holes” you’re talking about?

Tommets
1 year 6 months ago

This is simply a depth signing. Someone to fill out the bench. Although, I’d much rather have Turner.

greggofboken
1 year 6 months ago

Precisely. Q was nearly as much a drag on the roster as Tejada. He doesn’t belong on the ML club. Turner would have been a far better choice. Fail by the Mets here.

Marc_from_Brooklyn
1 year 6 months ago

I would have phrased it “a drag on the offense.” He’d be fine as a backup to someone much more skilled, a spot starter who could take over for a week or two in case of an injury. He’s a marginal major leaguer at best and is better on the bench or as the worst batter on a potent offensive lineup. But, Tejada’s poor performance pressed him into unanticipated everyday service and he played about as could be expected. He put up typical numbers for his career. Having seen Q before and it being a lost season, perhaps it would have been better to call up Hicks or Bixler–I forget if either was hurt when Tejada went down–but neither had anything close to Q’s major league experience.. It’s not as though they were going to call up Tovar from AA to play every day or trade for someone, so Q was really the best choice at teh time.

Run Support Group
1 year 6 months ago

Sign Drew or show you’re really serious and sign Diaz

Bob M
1 year 6 months ago

which Diaz?

Bob M
1 year 6 months ago

Quintanilla is a good depth signing and doesn’t mean they can’t or won’t sign Drew – if it really matters.

Joe
1 year 6 months ago

The Mets just spent 87 million dollars and you have more whiney Met fans saying they are too cheap for Drew. Did anyone think it might be a leverage tactic or that Q is AAA depth? Jeez calm down everyone.

Noah Baron
1 year 6 months ago

Hopefully he doesn’t leave AAA. Not a major league player.

Mike LaRose
1 year 6 months ago

This guys like a bad penny, he keeps coming back