By Dan Connolly
12:47 PM PDT, July 20, 2012
The Orioles have added a new player and officially parted ways with another on Friday.
They added 30-year-old infielder Omar Quintanilla for cash or future considerations on Friday from the New York Mets. Quintanilla, who was designated for the assignment earlier this week, hit .257 with a .350 on-base percentage in 29 games with the Mets this year.
An hour earlier, the Orioles learned they had lost right-hander Brad Bergesen to the Arizona Diamondbacks on a waiver claim.
Bergesen, 26, did not pitch for the Orioles this season, but he was called up this week and then designated for assignment. He was 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) for Triple-A Norfolk. He is flying to Phoenix tomorrow and will pitch out of the Diamondbacks’ bullpen.
The Orioles had an open 40-man roster spot because of the designation of Bergesen, but they will have to make room on the 25-man roster for Quintanilla, who is a .218 career big league hitter in parts of seven major league seasons with the Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Mets. He was a first-round supplemental pick by the Oakland A’s in 2003.
Considered a utility infielder – Quintanilla has played 119 games at shortstop, 106 at second base and 13 at third – he will play some second base with Robert Andino on the disabled list.
He is expected to join the team Saturday.
Once considered a key part of the Orioles’ pitching future, Bergesen had a star-crossed Orioles career. He was in contention for AL Rookie of the Year early on 2009, but his year ended when he took a liner off the shin. That winter he hurt his arm throwing for an Orioles commercial – and he never really rebounded.
He was 17-24 with a 4.68 ERA in 83 games, 59 starts, for the Orioles.
“I’m really excited. It’s kind of that nervous and excited feeling. It’s my first time in a new organization, it’s a fresh start and I’m looking forward to it,” said Bergesen, whom the Orioles drafted in the fourth round in 2004. “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.”
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