Humberto Quintero signs with Phillies

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

The Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a Minor League contract.

Jon Morosi reports that the Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a Minor League deal.

Humberto Quintero has signed a minor-league contract with the#Phillies and could see playing time during Carlos Ruiz suspension.

The move comes shortly after the suspension of catcher Carlos Ruiz, and as Morosi points out, the two are related.

Quintero, age 33, played last season for the Kansas City Royals. He previously played from 2005-11 for the Houston Astros, mostly as a back-up catcher for both teams. In 2012, Quintero received 144 plate appearances, batting .232/.257/..341.

Quintero was non-tendered by Kansas City, avoiding arbitration. He would have made a raise off of his 2012 salary of $1 million, but Kansas City elected not to pay him that kind of money.

Quintero was signed in 1997 by the Chicago White Sox as an amateur free agent, and he originally broke into the Major Leagues with San Diego in 2003.

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