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Trade Deadline: Orioles acquire Mets SS Omar Quintanilla

07.20.12 at 9:12 pm ET

The Mets on Friday sent shortstop Omar Quintanilla to the Orioles for cash.

Initially the 30-year-old had been designated for assignment to make room for Jason Bay, but the Mets decided to trade Quintanilla because they were afraid of losing him on waivers.

In 29 games with the Mets this season, Quintanilla batted .257 with five doubles, one home run, four RBIs and 17 strikeouts. He appeared in 23 of those games as a shortstop.

He played five seasons with the Rockies and one with the Rangers before the Mets signed him as a free agent before this season. The most games Quintanilla has played in a single season was 81 with the Rockies in 2008.

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