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Hurting at second base after the recent injuries to Brian Roberts and Robert Andino, the Orioles have acquired middle infielder Omar Quintanilla from the New York Mets for cash considerations.

The Orioles had an open spot on their 40-man roster after designating pitcher Brad Bergesen for assignment earlier this week, and Quintanilla brings more major league experience than the current combination of Steve Tolleson and Ryan Flaherty at second base.

Quintanilla has appeared in 256 games over seven major league seasons with the Rockies, Rangers, and Mets and is known for his strong defensive work. He has a .993 career fielding percentage (two errors in 297 chances) in 106 games at second base and a .984 career fielding percentage (seven errors in 444 chances) in 119 games at shortstop.

In 80 plate appearances with the Mets this season, Quintanilla has posted a .350 on-base percentage and .257 batting average. For his career, Quintanilla is a career .218 hitter in 592 career at-bats with three home runs and 38 runs batted in.

The 30-year-old infielder is expected to join the Orioles in Cleveland on Saturday.

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