Omar Quintanilla has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles for cash.
New York Mets
Quintanilla had been designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for the activation of Jason Bay from the disabled list.
Mets officials had been concerned they would lose Quintanilla off waivers if they tried to pass him through to send him to Triple-A Buffalo, so they DFA'd him to buy time and now have dealt him to Baltimore.
Quintanilla, 30, signed as a minor league free agent on Jan. 3 after previous stops with Colorado and Texas. He hit .257 with one homer, four RBIs and eight walks in 80 plate appearances and started 21 games at shortstop this season with the Mets.