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Mets re-sign Omar Quintanilla on minors deal

The Mets have re-signed SS Omar Quintanilla to a minor league deal.


Jan. 20, 6:00 PM: The Mets officially announced they have re-signed Quintanilla to a minor league deal.


In 95 games for the Mets in 2013, Quintanilla hit .222 with a .589 OPS, two home runs and 21 RBI in 359 plate appearances.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Jan. 18: Quintanilla’s role with the team largely depends on whether or not they sign Stephen Drew. Quintanilla shouldn’t start on a regular basis, but he can be an ok backup to Tejada if that’s what it comes to.
114 comments
rubiconx0
rubiconx0

dont give me that this is just a "depth move" the keep bringing back "their guys" like hoarders who cant part with their garbage! they are out of money or just too cheap to sign Drew!  Add in Tejada, Duda and Davis, what a great team we have!  This team aside for a few select players disgusts me, but most of all the Wilpons for letting this happen!

Joseph Salvatore Barone
Joseph Salvatore Barone

What does management see in Quintinilla? He can't hit, he can't field. He's just taking up space on this roster. Go sign Drew!

Wayno
Wayno

Omar will play at least 85 games at ss for this team. Sandy is a joke, but we are stuck with this clown FO since our ownership is worst in sports. Without Harvey this team has no reason to watch it this year

beers22
beers22

knew this was coming.  Why not bring Turner back too, so we can have the exact same infield as last year?  For real though, I'd rather have Turner as backup SS than Q.

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

As a backup i like it, he actually hit a little but got exposed as an everyday guy.  Tejeda should be the backup tho and we need a real shortstop

Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

I can never understand why the Mets can't be more creative. Out there at the same time as Omar was Alexi Casilla - yeah, he's never hit, but he's blazingly fast and has never been given a chance as any everyday player. Omar got lots of Mets playing time, but was exposed. Mets could have had Casilla, but never moved and Casilla ends up back in Baltimore. Is Casilla a great player? Hasn't proven it yet, but Omar has certainly proved he's barely a big-leaguer in not one, but two stints in NY - and he's 32 to boot. Casilla is 29. So, you'd prefer Omar to Casilla.....why? It's as if no one in the Mets' brain trust has even given the slightest bit of thought to who was available - they just re-sign the same guys who prove they can't play because they know what they have. Ridiculous.

ken1010
ken1010

Turner is better than Omar. And that's not saying much.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Quintanilla can be an ok backup? Really??

This guy is a stretch to work in concessions.

trevordunn
trevordunn

there's your everyday SS. great job Sandy

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

Quintanilla’s role with the team largely depends on whether or not they sign Stephen Drew


HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Drew is not going to be a Met.  Let's stop with the delusional nonsense.  

MMIAA
MMIAA

this is beyond ridiculous.........I love Q but how can a team with him Ike Lucas Tejada be taken seriously. We basically did not improve one bit this year.

Sidd
Sidd

Without Turner, the Mets needed a back-up middle infielder.  Omar has value as a role player.  Glad to have him back.  Forget Drew.  The Mets have obviously decided to go with Tejada and Omar, and are saving their FS SS money for the 2014 crop, which is substantially better.

Anthony Testa
Anthony Testa

Need a back up if we are going to war with tejada. Ugh I don't dislike Q. He always seemed to try hard just lacking starter talent

RockMarz
RockMarz

I think ive had my fill with this q guy

Söze, Keyser
Söze, Keyser

Groundhog day at SS for 2014.  Ugh.  


OTOH, I don't see Drew as a difference making upgrade, esp at his asking price.  Boras is looking to leverage the fact that he was on a WS winning team.  I get that.  But an extra 30, 40 BA pts, marginal RBI production improvement and no real defensive difference...probably not worth what Drew is asking. Mets win 74 games w/o Drew and probably 78 w/ him.  Meh.

mike23
mike23

Can we just sign S. Drew (if healthy and ready to go), I hope this is just a ploy by Sandy, either that or can we make a trade, can't go with Tejada or Q in 2014 as starters. 

Ron Davis
Ron Davis

i am fine i like him better then Itzuris and low cost gamble which is fine for now. better then overspending for Drew 

i know Drew is alot better but not worth the asking price ans years

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

Guys, this could be Aldersons way of getting Drews price lowered.. If he signs the 2 shortstops back clearly that would show Drew that he may lose a chance at a starting job unless other teams come in which doesnt look likely. I really do think there is more to this signing than we all think.

tommets
tommets

Just signed Lannan to a minor league deal. Now that's a great sign.

eric88
eric88

Robby J-- tommets was talking about what they spent this winter. That is what I was addressing

eric88
eric88

Take away the two trades where the last regime gave him 2 trade able commodities, Beltran and  Dickie. Two GM's who felt like they have to have those guys and gave up Wheeler and d'arneau, and I am not thrilled with anything else Sandy has done up to now. We have yet to see how this winters signings turn out. 

hashburry
hashburry

They Mets are going to end up talking about all the money they spent to bring back all the arbitration guys.  They are not signing Drew.  They will be a lousy team.  May as well keep around all the garbage.

Dan D'Addio
Dan D'Addio

So this is the competition for Tejada at SS?!

eric88
eric88

They have spent more money? The payroll will be lower than last year.

eric88
eric88

You Know how Terry Collins operates. This is a left/right platoon so he can have 136 different lineups again.  

tommets
tommets

I love reading comments that know no idea what they're talking about. This is simply a depth signing. Are we supposed to go in to the season with 8 starting position players? I would have preferred Turner, but it's only depth. Q will not be starting. He will not be a part of a platoon. The starting SS this season will be Tejada or Drew if signed. So please stop thinking Q will be starting. Stop saying that the team is a joke. They've spent more money than the past 3 years and all you can say is how they are still cheap. No, they're not contenders with this lineup, but Sandy, IMO, is one of the smartest GMs in baseball. So, I ask all of you to stop with these childish comments. Thank you. 

Sidd
Sidd

@beers22 Turner had a reputation with the front office for not hustling.  I never saw it, but that is why he is gone.  Q is a company man.  He'll go play in AAA without a fret.  You need guys like that around.  He's a boomerang player - trade him, and in the off-season, he comes back; release him, and in the off-season he comes back.  You can't put a price on that kind of loyalty.  Q may never play another game in the majors for the Mets, but he'll go to Vegas if assigned and be ready.  With all the self-important players who have strolled in and out of Citi Field, I'll take a Q any day.

beers22
beers22

@Robert C. Smith agreed, once Peralta signed that crazy contract, they should have been more aggressive with getting a quality backup SS that at least has a chance of starting over Tejada, than holding out on this pipe dream that Drew will sign with them for a year or two eventually.

SuperDuper
SuperDuper

@syddMet have no money to sign some of the better free agent SS to longer term deal next yr. Many of the better free agent SS will also be at the age (30ish) where its dangerous to give longer term deals. Not a big fan of Drew but it makes sense on so many levels if you can get him for 2 yrs.

beers22
beers22

@sydd why not bring Turner back instead?  What FA SS do you think they'll be able to sign next year?  It's not that much better of a group.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

You're missing the point, it's about incremental improvement. If Drew gets us 4 more wins... Go for it, it may give us a season or a chance to exceed expectations.

stemog
stemog

@tommets That is a good signing. And he's only 29 and a lefty! Nice.

slainte2
slainte2

Byrd? Hairston? Buck? Byrdak? These are all value out of nothing... And for what it's worth, minor league teams ranged from mediocre to shyte when he came in 2009 ... Look it up. last year's records at all levels was terrific. That improvement is working its way up the line. now we have top catching prospect in all of MLB (9th best too), one of top 1B in our system couple years away, to go along w crop of young pitching. Without a doubt, ship heading in right direction, and he did it without money or excess talent.

Sandy has done a great job.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@eric88 Depends how you look at it.  $55 million of 2013's payroll was spent on guys who either didn't play for the Mets anymore or spent the season on the DL.

elsid1986
elsid1986

Isn't that what they said last year? Drew isn't signing here and if Tejada sucks again guess who the SS will be?

Gland1
Gland1

@tommets Most of the posters left on this site are pretty dim.  With all of the changes that have gone down the better posters are gone.  So all that this place is left with are one line comments flowing in from Facebook and ranting morons who want to do nothing but complain.

manu george
manu george

@tommets It's not a bad thing if it's a depth signing. But I understand some of the comments on here. Because, these so called "depth" moves ends up finding their way into our starting line up way too often. Omar Quintanilla was the starting SS for Mets for most of last season, and same with some other guys who were supposed to be "depth signings" who ended up getting way too much playing time. 

mattfranco
mattfranco

@tommets Q will not be starting?  Depth signing? Terry loves starting Q.  Q isn't worthy of putting on the uni.  It's a joke.  No glove & No stick.  Let Tovar back him up.  Time to move on from Q.  Offers nothing…

metstastic
metstastic

You're missing the point.. Not at that asking price..

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Gland1 Umm actually its not about "fooling" anyone.. its about making him realize that first off Drew's market is tight to begin with, therefore they just gave money to two SS which means they could still want Drew because of what he can offer, but if it LOWER's the price by showing them that they now have 2 SS's ready to play, he may have no choice but to cut the asking price down, but you know your logic is about "fooling" someone and not about "simply how the market will play out". Its getting later in the off-season and Drew has not landed on a team and even if he did, it would most likely not be a starting position unless like I said, another team jumps in.  So therefore it's not fooling anyone, why do the Met's need to fool Scott Boras to get Drew? If we really wanted him we would have spent on him already. Its a wait and see process, not a "fool you and you lose" process...

Tarheel11
Tarheel11

@slainte2 Could not agree more! I can't believe the heat that SA takes. Take a step back and look at what he inherited. A bad ML team with some bad contracts. A minor league system which was one of the worst in baseball. And owners that are broke! He has a ton of holes to fill and no money. He's engineered some very good trades to get top level pitching that is extremely coveted. And everyone gets on SA about the payroll dropping. That's Wilpon! When all this talk about 2014 started, SA was stating payroll would be over 100M. Then it dropped every time he spoke. Well that's not SA! That's his ownership! Obviously they have played games with him. Think! 

And everyone says "just go trade for a SS". Who!!!!!!!!!!! A lot of these alleged SS's in the minors project to be 2b in the ML's! And the few that actually project to be SS are going to cost you Thor +. Come on people!!! Wake up! 

SA is not perfect but no GM is. But all in all he is one of the most respected GM's in baseball by the people who actually know baseball. He's a smart guy who is working for owners that don't care about winning. They are only looking to turn a dime. 

Don't blame SA for the Wilpons cheapness!  

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Robby Johnson @eric88  Transactions Sandy has made


1.) Trading Beltran for Wheeler (They needed a bat, we wanted a young pitcher)

2.) Trading Dickey for d'Arnaud and Syndergaard (He had a lot of value and they blew us away) 

3.) Trading Byrd and Buck for Vic Black (A young power arm to help the bullpen for 2 veterans)

4.) Signing Ryan Reid (A young arm for the bullpen)

5.) Signing Granderson (A proven NY player)

6.) Signing C Young (A proven player at one point hoping he returns and is the Byrd of last year)

7.) Signing B Colon (40 years old and STILL won 18 games last year in the american league)

8.) Signing Lannan (A Young lefty to round out the rotation)


He made a lot of under the table type of moves. He also is in the running and has a fair shot at winning GM of the year.

tommets
tommets

@manu george Well how about the new signing. We just signed Lannan. He's a great minor league sign that can definitely compete for the 5th spot in the rotation.

elsid1986
elsid1986

Isn't that what we said last year?

metstastic
metstastic

This is a meh minor leaugue signing.. zero impact on Drew's market.

Gland1
Gland1

@Steven Matregrano @Gland1 Quintanilla has no business starting for anyone.  Everyone knows he's that bad.  The Mets want to sign Drew only at their price, and that price hasn't changed due to bringing Quintanilla back on a minor league deal.  

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Gland1 Quintanilla started for us before.. so now we have 2 SS's capable of starting. This means that the Mets are not afraid to go into the season with these 2 guys at SS which means unless Drew lowers his price then he will have to eliminate the Mets off his list of possible landing spots and possibly the only starting spot he had. I am not saying this solely is the reason but I said both Tejada and Quintanilla could actually help lower the price because now we have 2 SS's that have started for us before and can start for us now. We are later in the off-season, which means Drew is going to have to start thinking about lowering his asking price in order to make a team, and seeing that the Mets don't seem quite as interested right now could show him that they don't mind using these two guys at SS. 

Gland1
Gland1

@Steven Matregrano @Gland1 It won't lower the price any more than before signing Q.  He means nothing.  If your argument is that as each day passes Drew's price goes down I get your point.  If you are trying to say that Drew's price going down is in anyway connected to Quintanilla signing then I disagree.  It's no different than the Mets being willing to go into the year with both Tejada and Tovar at SS.  Because Quintanilla is that irrelevant. 

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

@Gland1 Boras will lower his demands if he doesnt sign with a team before this season. The offseason is getting close to the end and we now have Tejada as a starter and Quintanilla as a backup. If we somehow sign Drew at a lower cost, then Tejada will either start AAA or be the backup. What am I missing? You are literally pointing out my exact points. I did not say Quintanilla will change it. I said BOTH TEJADA and QUINTANILLA now being on our team shows that the Mets are willing to go into this year with them at SS. What are you trying to argue here? It can and will lower the price because the off season is getting close to the end and guess what Drew has YET to find a team and if he keeps asking for what he is asking, he will not be on a team at the start of the season. Its a WAIT and SEE process.

Gland1
Gland1

@Steven Matregrano This is a minor league deal.  It has nothing to do with Drew or his market or the Mets intentions towards him.  There's no "more to this signing" and won't work to lower Drew's price.  If the Mets want to sign him they'd just leave Q in the minors and let Tejada back up (or vice versa).   Boras isn't going to lower his demands because he's concerned about Quintanilla being ready to play.

tommets
tommets

@mattfranco @Robby Johnson It all depends on performance in Spring Training. If Tovar shows much better talent (I really liked him last season), I do think he'll serve as the backup and Q will go to AAA. Heck, we don't even know if Drew will be signed. If that's the case then Tejada will be backup. What I'm trying to say is why does everyone have to get into a hissy fit for a backup signing. The way you're putting it is that he'll platoon. I doubt he'll platoon. 

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

@mattfranco That's strictly your opinion of how things might end up.  Show me a quote or a statement from anyone in the organization that backs up what you've said - until then stop crying like a child.

mattfranco
mattfranco

@Robby Johnson @mattfranco You say it's a depth signing, but the truth is, it's to back up Tejada.  He'll see plenty of plate appearances this summer.  Too many  Q is plan B.  To me that plan B is not cool.  But this another punt season so why pay anyone…  My thing is the Mets should bring in new faces to play or for "depth."  If you can't play, like Q has shown us, here are some chocolates and go back to Baltimore...