Source: Mets sign Quintanilla
January, 3, 2012
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com
Ray Carlin/Icon SMI
Omar Quintanilla has signed a minor league deal with the Mets, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.
Quintanilla, 30, appeared in 11 games for the Texas Rangers last season. He went 1-for-22 (.045) with a triple, two RBIs and nine strikeouts. At Triple-A Round Rock, Quintanilla hit .298 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 208 at-bats.
He is a .213 career major league hitter in 522 at-bats spanning six seasons, primarily with the Colorado Rockies.
The Mets have Justin Turner available as a backup option, but ideally need someone who also can step in at shortstop.
UPDATE: The Mets have confirmed the Quintanilla signing. They note he missed the beginning of last season while completing a 2010 50-game suspension for violating the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.
Final St. John's 74 Providence 79 Final Seton Hall 64 3 Villanova 63 Final Rutgers 31 5 Louisville 92 Final Fordham 74 Dayton 87
Final NY Rangers 4 Winnipeg 2 Final San Jose 4 NY Islanders 3 Final New Jersey 3 Florida 5
1:05 PM ET Yankees Orioles 9:05 PM ET Marlins Yankees 1:10 PM ET Twins Mets 4:05 PM ET Mets Cubs