Mets To Designate Omar Quintanilla For Assignment

The Mets will designate 32-year-old shortstop Omar Quintanilla for assignment tomorrow, the club announced. The move will clear space for an as-yet unannounced active roster addition, which Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com tweets will come via internal promotion.

Quintanilla has seen just 31 plate appearances on the year, putting up a .207/.258/.241 line. With a career .582 OPS, of course, his calling card has never been offensive firepower. Quintanilla was non-tendered by the Mets last year, but made the club out of the spring after being re-signed to a minor league deal.

While nothing is official, the strong indication is that Wilmer Flores will get the call from New York, according to a tweet from Rubin. Presumably, he will take at least some playing time from incumbent shortstop Ruben Tejada, who has struggled to a .188/.309/.213 triple-slash in 96 plate appearances. (Alongside his poorly-rated defense, that has left Tejada with among the worst fWAR tallies in the game thus far in 2014.) Flores, 22, has continued to impress with the bat at Triple-A, though questions persist as to whether he can handle shortstop defensively.


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