The New York Mets re-signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league deal. Quintanilla struggled at the plate during the 2013 season, but his minor league success was enough for the Mets to bring him back for the 2014 season.
With Quintanilla being a shortstop, this could be the end of the Mets’ pursuit of Stephen Drew. Drew is the last big shortstop free agent available for them to bring in. The team seems very likely to start the season with Ruben Tejada, who has been far from spectacular.
I wrote an article in the past mentioning that having Tejada as the starting shortstop may not be the worst thing. Tejada is still a very young player. In the mean time, Quintanilla adds a little (highlight little) depth to the position in case Tejada’s struggles continue. It’s very possible Quintanilla makes the opening day roster and if he out shines Tejada during spring training, I wouldn’t put it out of the realm of possibility that he starts game one.
Quintanlilla is a cheap signing, which would still leave room for Drew. The Mets need to have some kind of Plan B. Drew is most likely still an option. Signing another shortstop (besides Drew) does two things — it shows Scott Boris (Drew’s agent) that they aren’t going to wait around for Drew to make a decision, and also, the Quintanilla signing shows that the Mets don’t care that much to get Drew.
The price point on the free agent may continue to drop now. While I believe Drew ends up back in Boston, as time goes on, the Mets do become a more likely destination.
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