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 ESPNNewYork.com.
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.