According to conflicting reports, the Mets may not need to pay the rest of Omar Quintanilla’s $800,000 deal because they designated the shortstop for assignment before a deadline set in his contract (NY Post, May 19).
Adam Rubin of ESPN.com reports, though, that Quintanilla was not sent down before a certain deadline to save money.
Quintanilla has a split contract and is paid a major-league rate for games when he plays in the majors and a minor-league rate for games spent in the minors. By Rubin’s estimations, the Mets are saving roughly $1,639.34 per day by having Wilmer Flores in the majors over Quintanilla (ESPN.com, May 19).
The team announced in an email on May 7 that it had designated Quintanilla for assignment and brought up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Quintanilla, who was hitting a mere .207 with a .258 OBP and three RBI in 15 games this season, cleared waivers on May 10 and accepted an assignment to stay with Las Vegas.