Veteran Major League catcher Humberto Quintero, who played seven of his 12 years in league with the Astros, is a lawful permanent resident of the United States and not a U.S. citizen, as has been previously reported.
Quintero, 35, broke into the big leagues with the Padres in 2003 and was later traded to the Astros, playing in 18 games the year they went to the World Series. He was primarily the Astros' backup catcher from 2005-11 and has since played with the Royals, Phillies and Mariners, who called him up earlier this month.
A native of Venezuela who's been known throughout his career for having a strong arm, he's a career .234 hitter with 20 homers and 127 RBIs in 470 games entering Tuesday.
Quintero originally signed as an international free agent with the White Sox and was at one point among the top 25 prospects in Chicago's system. He was traded to the Padres in July 2012 with Alex Fernandez for D'Angelo Jimenez.
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