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Mets sign Omar Quintanilla to minor-league deal

The journeyman infielder returns to New York after just a half season away.


The New York Mets have brought Omar Quintanilla back into their organization, inking the veteran infielder to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training next month, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN:

Infielder Omar Quintanilla, who performed well with the Mets during the first half of last season, is returning to the organization on a minor league deal with a spring-training invite, a baseball source told

Quintanilla, 31, appeared in 29 games for the Mets last season before he was sent to the Baltimore Orioles in July. New York was forced to move a player off the roster with Jason Bay returning from the disabled list (irony?), so they opted to trade the lefty-swinging infielder for cash.

Quintanilla finished the season batting .243/.312/.361 with four home runs in 65 games, splitting his time on defense between second base and shortstop.

The light-hitting middle-infielder is a career .220/.279/.302 hitter in parts of seven big-league seasons -- nothing to write home about -- but boasts positive defensive numbers at shortstop.

According to Rubin, the Mets remain the only team this offseason to have not signed a free agent to a major-league contract.