Quintanilla added to Orioles' active roster

Quintanilla added to Orioles' active roster

Quintanilla added to Orioles' active roster
CLEVELAND -- For Omar Quintanilla, this is the perfect situation.

The infielder, acquired Friday from the Mets in exchange for cash considerations, was added to the Orioles' 25-man roster on Saturday. In a corresponding move, the club designated outfielder Steven Pearce for assignment.

Quintanilla has been around the block. The 33rd overall selection in the 2003 First-Year Player Draft by Oakland, Quintanilla spent five years in the big leagues with the Rockies before appearing in 11 games for the Rangers last season and 29 for the Mets this year.

Now, Quintanilla joins a contending Orioles squad that has a significant hole at second base. A left-handed hitter, the El Paso, Texas, native batted .257 with a .350 on-base percentage in 70 at-bats with the Mets.

"It was kind of tough living in New York," Quintanilla said. "I come from a small town where it's not as crowded or packed. New York was the exact opposite. But if I'm playing in the big leagues, I don't mind at all."

He'll have an immediate opportunity to display his ability in Baltimore, which has lost second basemen Brian Roberts and Robert Andino to the disabled list. Quintanilla totes a .993 career fielding percentage (two errors in 297 chances) in 106 career games at second base.

"They told me I would play against right-handed starters," Quintanilla said. "I just have to go out there and do my job and do anything I can do to help the team win."

As for Pearce, who hit .254 (18-for-71) with 14 RBIs in 28 games for the Orioles, the club will have 10 days to either trade him, release him or try to clear him through waivers. Showalter would like to see the 29-year-old somehow stick in the Orioles' organization.

"We hope things work out where he ends up playing in [Triple-A] Norfolk and continues to be an option for us," Showalter said. "I hope it's, 'See ya later,' and not 'Goodbye' with Stevie."