Quintanilla signs minor league deal with Mets

Quintanilla signs minor league deal with Mets
January 4, 2013, 9:00 am

During last month’s Winter Meetings, Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned that Omar Quintanilla might rejoin the team.

That never happened. Quintanilla signed a minor league deal with the New York Mets that includes an invitation to spring training.

The Orioles acquired Quintanilla from the Mets last July when they thought Robert Andino’s shoulder injury would keep him out several weeks. Andino was only out for 15 days.

Quintanilla started out hot for the Orioles, but ended the season on the bench in an 0-for-30 slump.

The Orioles removed him from the 40-man roster in late November. Even if he re-signed, Quintanilla would have had to compete with fellow second basemen Ryan Flaherty and Yamaico Navarro, both of whom are on the 40-man.  

The Mets are offering a better opportunity.

Steve Tolleson made the same decision that Quintanilla did. The Orioles outrighted Tolleson to Norfolk, and wanted him to re-sign, but he thought he’d have a better chance to sign with the Chicago White Sox.

Earlier this week, Endy Chavez signed with Kansas City. The Orioles had no interest in bringing Chavez back.