Dan Duquette talked for a few minutes about his trade today to acquire middle infielder Omar Quintanilla for cash. Quintanilla is expected to man second base at least until Robert Andino returns from injury.
Duquette on Quintanilla: “We like his defense and his ability to play second base, and he also can play good at short and third. And when playing a lot with the Mets, he was dependable in catching the ball and in getting on base. … We had a need for an experienced second baseman.”
Quintanilla has a .217 lifetime average with a .278 lifetime on-base percentage in parts of seven seasons. But he was hitting .257 with a .350 on-base percentage with the Mets in 29 games this season.
“I know he can get on base and make the plays defensively," Duquette said. "I think he can do both those things to help us.”
Here’s Duquette on losing Brad Bergesen, who was claimed off the waiver wire Friday by the Arizona Diamondbacks: “Brad Bergesen spent his whole career with the Orioles I called him to thank him for his service. It’s a new opportunity for him I wish him a lot of luck on his new opportunity.”
The Orioles are not necessarily done making moves as the trade deadline approaches. But, of course, another move is not guaranteed.
Duquette on searching for a starting pitcher: “You take a look around at the pitchers [available] in the industry and we have some pitchers with the same capabilities as those pitchers within our organization. My hope is we can get the good performances from the players we have.”
Duquette on adding another on-base-percentage hitter: “Hopefully, [Quintanilla] is a good on-base man. Take a look at his OBP capabilities with the Mets. He was good. We hope he brings the same [thing] with us. ... "[But] we are looking at our on-base capabilities. No question. We need to do a better job with that."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times