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Late last week, the Orioles made a small scale trade with the Mets and acquired infielder Omar Quintanilla in a cash transaction. Omar is a glove man on a team in serious need of players who can flash the leather. The Orioles have been leading all of baseball in errors for much of the year and a move like this is an attempt to shore up the defense. Omar doesn't do much damage with the bat, so the smart money says that he will mainly be used as a late inning defensive replacement for some of the more defensively challenged infielders.
Omar made his Orioles' debut in that capacity during Saturday's game and forever cemented his place as Oriole #934. He again appeared in Sunday's game as a defensive replacement but is scheduled to make his first Orioles start tonight in the finale against the Indians.
To make room for Omar on the 25 man roster, the team designated Oriole #928, Steve Pearce, for assignment.
As you could probably tell, I don't currently have an autograph of Omar in my collection, but I am working on a trade with a fellow collector on SCN. By the number of his autographs that are available online, I'm guessing that he is a pretty good signer, so hopefully I can get a card signed in-person in the near future as well.