Quintero signed a minor league contract with the Tigers on Tuesday. Quintero will be assigned to Triple-A Toledo, and will mostly be used to provide organizational depth. The veteran catcher was released by the Blue Jays organization on Monday, and has not played in the major league since 2014.
Quintero was released by the Blue Jays on Monday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Quintero failed to make the big league roster out of spring training, and it appears that the Blue Jays didn't feel the veteran backstop was worth stashing in the minors any longer. There may be a small market for Quintero, although his best bet to land a job is by spending more time acting as organizational catching depth.
Quintero batted 1-for-9 this spring with five strikeouts, ending up fifth on the depth chart for Toronto's catchers. The 36-year-old had a respectable 2015 with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he posted a .257/.284/.354 slash line, but his lack of production at the plate this spring will have him at Triple-A Buffalo to begin the season. Quintero hasn't played in the majors since 2014 and that streak will likely continue unless his hitting improves.
Quintero signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays on Friday, John Lott of the National Post reports. The deal does guarantee a spring training invite, but it remains to be seen if the backup catcher will be able to earn a spot on the Blue Jays roster after spending all of last season with Boston's Triple-A affiliate, slashing .257/.284/.354 in 288 at-bats.
The Red Sox announced several roster moves on Thursday, per the Boston Globe. The team optioned outfielders Rusney Castillo and Jackie Bradley Jr. to Triple-A, and reassigned Matt Spring, Humberto Quintero and Dana Eveland to minor-league camp. Bradley and Castillo are expected to see work at right and center field in the minors, while Shane Victorino starts at right field in the majors. "Both he and Jackie were difficult decisions. Both guys had great springs... Rusney did everything we asked of him," Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. "He's going to play both right and center in Pawtucket. The everyday at-bats are part of that, so is the depth and overall roster." Castillo hit .310/.310/.621 with one double, one triple, two home runs and five RBI this spring. Bradley slashed .378.462/.444 with three doubles and one RBI in Grapefruit League play.
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