Quintanilla, meanwhile, has logged significant action as Tejada's primary backup for parts of the last two seasons. The Mets' exasperation with Tejada last summer led to 359 plate appearances for Quintanilla, who remained the starting shortstop even after Tejada recovered from a right quad strain. An eight-year veteran, Quintanilla batted .222 with two home runs and a .589 OPS.
Non-tendering both Quintanilla and Justin Turner earlier this offseason left the Mets without a veteran backup middle infielder. Quintanilla's new deal likely precludes Turner from returning to Flushing.
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