Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:16:35 -0700
New York Mets SS Omar Quintanilla was in the starting lineup for the second time in four games Tuesday, April 15, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Manager Terry Collins insisted that it isn't a sign SS Ruben Tejada is losing the starting job. Collins cited Tuesday's inclusion of Quintanilla was a matchup issue, as Diamondbacks SP Bronson Arroyo had an opposing batting average of .295 by left-handed hitters (such as Quintanilla) last season, while righties hit just .219 against him.
Fantasy Tip: Tejada is hitting below the Mendoza line for the season, and his on-base percentage of .267 in 45 plate appearances does little for fantasy owners. For now, he is only worth using in the deepest of NL-only leagues until he starts to show some signs of life at the dish.
Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:02:24 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada is expected to open the season as the starting shortstop, with SS Omar Quintanilla backing him up. 2B Wilmer Flores will continue to make spring starts at shortstop, and he's expected to see more action at the 6 to start the year at Triple-A Las Vegas. The team hopes Flores' winter conditioning work will improve his range at shortstop. The Mets could consider bringing Flores up to replace Tejada if Tejada struggles early on.
Fantasy Tip: Tejada will be on a very short leash to start the year, and don't rule out the Mets making a trade if they feel they need to. Don't think about putting Tejada on your roster unless you're desperate for at-bats in an NL-only league.
Sat, 18 Jan 2014 12:50:37 -0800
The New York Mets have reportedly re-signed INF Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract.
Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:25:26 -0800
The New York Mets have informed 2B Omar Quintanilla and RP Scott Atchison that they will not be tendered a contract offer, which will make them free agents.
Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:06:35 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada will be the primary shortstop for the remainder of the season after being called up from the minors, although he won't start Tuesday, Sept. 10. The team is likely to explore other options at shortstop this offseason, though, and Tejada will be arbitration-eligible for the first time with a salary less than $1 million in 2014. Tejada hit .288 with two home runs and 24 RBIs in 269 plate appearances for Triple-A Buffalo this year.
Fantasy Tip: The club was disappointed with Tejada's work ethic this year, so he'll have to prove himself in the final few weeks in order to stick around. He's an option in NL-only leagues only, and Omar Quintanilla loses any little value he had.
Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:27:06 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SS Omar Quintanilla remains the team's shortstop, and SS Ruben Tejada is unlikely to rejoin the team until rosters expand in September. "I get questions every day about when the other guy is coming back -- 'When's Ruben coming back?'" Collins said. "I've yet to see why Omar Quintanilla should lose his job. All he does is make plays like that night after night. You look at his batting average (.224) and it's not what he'd like it to be. But he's on base 33 percent of the time and he's done a really good job. We wouldn't be playing like we're playing without him." Tejada is hitting .257 since being sent down and is 4-for-52 since July 26.
Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:21:30 -0700
New York Mets manager Terry Collins doesn't foresee a platoon arrangement at shortstop between SS Omar Quintanilla and SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) when Tejada is ready to return. Collins said Tejada will have to earn playing time over Quintanilla. "We sent him out for a reason. He wasn't playing well," Collins said about Tejada. "He's got to play well. ... Right now it's too far down the road. But I'm not going to take Q out of the lineup at this particular time except to get him a blow."
Fantasy Tip: It appears as though Collins has some loyalty toward Quintanilla now, and it'll take solid play from Tejada to convince him otherwise. Still, with Quintanilla receiving regular playing time, he's only an NL-only commodity.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:34:45 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) will start a minor league rehab assignment later this week in the Gulf Coast League. He'll also spend time with Triple-A Las Vegas before returning from the disabled list. However, manager Terry Collins isn't sure how playing time will be divided between Tejada and SS Omar Quintanilla.
Fantasy Tip: Tejada wasn't swinging the stick very well before he was injured, and New York even considered sending him to the minors at one point. He could regain the starting job back from Quintanilla, but he'll have to prove it with his play. When he returns, he'll only be an NL-only commodity initially.
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:00:51 -0700
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) is not ready to perform lateral movements when he fields groundballs in Florida. However, he's been hitting off a tee. It doesn't appear as if he's close to returning. SS Omar Quintanilla is hitting .250 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 64 at-bats in Tejada's absence.
Fantasy Tip: Quintanilla's NL-only value is bolstered by this news. As long as Tejada is out, he'll be the man at shortstop, and Jordany Valdespin can occasionally spell him.
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:38:36 -0700
Updating a previous item, New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (intercostal) is expected to land on the disabled list with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side, according to manager Terry Collins. Turner had an MRI exam Monday, June 17, and isn't traveling with the team. The team is expected to recall SP Zack Wheeler and activate RP Scott Atchison (elbow) from the disabled list Tuesday, June 18. Collins said INF Jordany Valdespin will serve as the backup to SS Omar Quintanilla at shortstop.
Fantasy Tip: Turner was serving as infield depth for the Mets. He didn't carry much value to begin with aside from NL-only leagues. It's safe to drop him if you were using him as depth in cavernous mixed leagues.