Mets Non-tender Omar Quintanilla and Scott Atchison

Posted: December 2, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by Wall Street Journal

Photo by Wall Street Journal

With the non-tender deadline coming up at midnight, the Mets have non-tendered Omar Quintanilla and Scott Atchison. Both were arbitration eligible and are now free agents. The Mets 40-man roster now stands at 38. Despite playing significantly more than expected last year Omar Quintanilla didn’t stand out. Quintanilla, 32, hit just .222 with just 2 homers. Quintanilla was actually worth negative WAR last season. Atchison, 37, went 3-3 with a 4.37 ERA last season in 45 innings. He wasn’t that bad but wasn’t worth a roster spot at this point. There is mutual interest in Atchison coming back to Queens at a lesser price.

These two moves weren’t a surprise in the slightest as both players are easily replaceable. A Mets source said this may not be the last you hear of a Met being non-tendered before the day is over. That would surprise me but the Mets 40-man may need to make some more moves before the day is over. Keep in mind dozens of new players will be free agents at this time tomorrow.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Apparently the Mets have decided to live with either Tejada or Tovar at SS with Turner as an their utility infielder. If Tejada gets injured again then Tovar will be the guy. With no legitimate clean up hitter to protect David Wright and the all to familiar definetion of insanity where Ike and Duda are concerned it looks like another long year ahead for the Mets. Is this Sandy Alderson’s plan or Fred and Jeff’s marching orders designed to keep the Mets mired in mediocrity? Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Shortstop is clearly the Mets biggest hole right now Mike. I know they need a cleanup hitter but last year Met shortstops were worth negative wins above replacement. That’s actually hard to do. We will know the Mets direction after next weeks Winter Meetings Mike.

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