The Mets announced on Twitter Wednesday night that they will designate Omar Quintanilla for assignment. Don’t get excited — Stephen Drew is not being fitted for one of the five Mets uniforms.
The communique from the Mets said it is “in anticipation of another roster move” on Thursday’s day off. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York tweeted “It’s an internal promotion — Not Stephen Drew or trade.”
The speculation is that Wilmer Flores will be brought up and inserted into the starting lineup at shortstop, replacing Ruben Tejada. While that will do wonders for the Mets anemic offense, it could be a nightmare defensively. But the Mets have been so bad at the plate that they must take the chance.
Even though Quintanilla hit just .207 in 29 at bats, he did have three RBIs. To put that in perspective, Eric Young has four RBIs in 99 at bats and Tejada has six RBIs in 82 at bats.
The point is, Omar Quintanilla has not been the problem, but someone has to go to make room and Quintanilla is expendable. Really, Tejada and his .183 batting average should get the boot, but Sandy Alderson is afraid of cutting him loose, fearing he will blossom somewhere else.
Flores is hitting .296 with five homers and 23 RBIs for Vegas this season, but he has made seven errors in 24 games at short. So be prepared for some cringe-worthy play out there. But if he hits, it will be worth it.