UPDATE, 10:48 PM:
It’s expected that Flores will chip away at Ruben Tejada‘s playing time, but it’s not yet clear exactly how things will shake out.
The Mets announced Wednesday night that they would be designating infielder Omar Quintanilla for assignment on Thursday, in anticipation of another roster move.
Who would take Quintanilla’s spot on the roster isn’t known, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reported that the Mets will be adding the player internally – meaning that it’s not free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew or a player acquired via trade.
Quintanilla, 32, was hitting .207/.258/.241 in 29 at-bats for the Mets while serving as Ruben Tejada’s backup.
With the Mets needing to replace Quintanilla with another player who can play shortstop, it seems all but certain that the call-up will be either Anthony Seratelli or Wilmer Flores – both of whom are currently playing for Triple-A Las Vegas.
Coming into Thursday’s game, Flores was hitting .296/.353/.491 for Las Vegas will primarily playing shortstop.
Seratelli, who has been playing mostly outfield and second base, was hitting .304/.468/.429.
According to both external scouts and the Mets’ own evaluation, Wilmer Flores doesn’t have the agility or range to handle shortstop at the major league level.
If Flores is the callup, one would think that it would be for him to start (supplanting Ruben Tejada), since Flores serving as the backup shortstop wouldn’t make much sense.
If Seratelli is the callup, it’s highly likely that he would serve in a reserve role.
Either way, the Mets need to further address the shortstop situation.
Ruben Tejada isn’t the answer, but it’s highly unlikely that Wilmer Flores is the answer either.