Quinn signed a minor-league contract with the Royals on Thursday. Quinn elected free agency Sunday after being designated for assignment by the Phillies, and he'll report to Triple-A Omaha after signing a minor-league deal with Kansas City. The 29-year-old hit .162 with eight runs, three RBI and four stolen bases over 23 major-league games to begin the year.
Quinn cleared waivers and elected to become a free agent Sunday. He could have accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but Quinn will instead look to continue his career with a different organization. The 29-year-old switch hitter debuted in the majors in 2016 and has played in only 201 games due to injuries and shaky performance, particularly over the last four seasons, during which he is slashing .200/.278/.315 in 340 plate appearances.
The Phillies designated Quinn for assignment Wednesday. Philadelphia elected to prioritize middle-infield depth over outfield depth for its final available bench spot spot, so Quinn will cede his spot on the active roster to Nick Maton, who was called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in the wake of everyday second baseman Jean Segura (finger) landing on the injured list. Since Quinn doesn't have minor-league options remaining, the Phillies will have to expose him to waivers, but he'll stick in the organization and report to Lehigh Valley if he goes unclaimed. The speedy 29-year-old went 4-for-5 on stolen-base attempts after he was called up from the minors in late April, but he hit just .162 during his stint with the Phillies.
Quinn will start in center field and bat ninth in Tuesday's game in Atlanta. With southpaw Max Fried on the mound for Atlanta, the switch-hitting Quinn will get the nod in center field over the lefty-hitting Odubel Herrera for the second game in a row. While lefty Tucker Davidson started for Atlanta on Monday in the Phillies' 7-3 win, Quinn went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run.
Quinn registered a stolen base during Wednesday's 2-1 loss to the Rangers. Quinn entered the game for Kyle Schwarber as a pinch runner on first base in the bottom of the ninth inning. The 28-year-old stole second base, putting the winning run in scoring position, but Jean Segura was unable to bring him home. Quinn has appeared in six games since having his contract selected last week, and he's gone 2-for-7 with an RBI, two runs and three stolen bases.