CLEVELAND — The
It wasn't exactly a pre-trade deadline blockbuster, but the Orioles sent cash to the
The Orioles had an opening on their 40-man roster after designating right-hander
A 25-man roster move will have to be made Saturday afternoon when Quintanilla arrives at
"I have ideas on how we are going to use [Quintanilla]," Showalter said. "But obviously we are going to have to make a corresponding move."
Quintanilla, a defensive specialist who is a .218 career hitter with a .278 career on-base percentage in parts of seven big-league seasons, batted .257 with a .350 on-base percentage in 29 games with the Mets this season.
"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," said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette. "We had a need for an experienced second baseman."
A former first round supplemental pick of theOakland A's, Quintanilla has never done much with the bat, but he is widely considered an above-average defender at shortstop and second.
"I talked with some people I know with the Mets after the fact, and they speak very highly of him," Showalter said. "We're excited about having him. We saw him in New York and have good reports on him."
With the non-waiver trade deadline approaching July 31, Duquette has said he is seeking a pitching upgrade and a hitter than gets on base at a high clip. That's not Quintanilla's track record, but he was much better at that this season.
"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," Duquette said. "[But] we are looking at our on-base capabilities. No question. We need to do a better job with that."
Bergesen "excited" for opportunity
Bergesen, 26, did not pitch for the Orioles this season. He was called up this week and did not get in a game before being taken off the roster. He was 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk.
He will report to Phoenix on Saturday and has been told he'll be pitching out of the big league bullpen.
"I'm really excited. It's kind of that nervous and excited feeling," Bergesen said. "It's my first time in a new organization, it's a fresh start and I'm looking forward to it. At the same time, Baltimore is a great organization, the only one I've ever known. I've made so many great friends that I'll really miss. The Angelos family was so good to me over the years. I had so many great memories … It's a bittersweet thing."
Bergesen had a star-crossed Orioles career. He was in contention for
He basically bounced up and down between Triple-A and the majors. This season he was in and out of the Norfolk rotation.
"It's been a weird year for me. A lot of things I hadn't experienced before," he said. "In talking to other people who have been through it, you have to focus on your craft, focus on pitching and it will all work itself out. And now I have another opportunity. It's uplifting."
Bergesen was 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 games, 59 starts, for the Orioles in parts of three big league seasons.
"Brad Bergesen spent his whole career with the Orioles," Duquette said. "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."
Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts is in Sarasota, Fla., attempting to rehab a labral tear in his right hip instead of having surgery. His season isn't officially over yet, but his charity event won't go on.
The University of Maryland Children's Hospital announced Friday that Brian's Baseball Bash, scheduled for Aug. 12 in Baltimore, has been canceled due to Roberts' injury. It is the second consecutive year he has canceled it.
Showalter said Roberts is trying to rehab the tear and for several days has hit "light toss" and swung a bat from both sides of a tee. Roberts "plans to progress to baseball activities and trunk stabilization if tolerated," Showalter said.
There is no timetable for his return or when he'll decide whether to have surgery. Roberts played in just 17 games this season after coming back from the ongoing effects of a concussion.
"He'll reach the point where it's, 'Yeah I can do this' or not," Showalter said. "If you know Brian, he is trying to take this approach because it gives him a chance to play for us again this year. We'll see when he really starts pushing baseball activities what happens."
Around the horn
Andino (left shoulder subluxation) is in Baltimore and is still feeling lingering soreness. He is "not close to trying baseball activities yet," Showalter said. He will be re-evaluated next week. … Right fielder