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According to conflicting reports, the Mets may not need to pay the rest of Omar Quintanilla's $800,000 deal because they designated the shortstop for assignment before a deadline set in his contract (NY Post, May 19).

Adam Rubin of reports, though, that Quintanilla was not sent down before a certain deadline to save money.

Quintanilla has a split contract and is paid a major-league rate for games when he plays in the majors and a minor-league rate for games spent in the minors. By Rubin's estimations, the Mets are saving roughly $1,639.34 per day by having Wilmer Flores in the majors over Quintanilla (, May 19).

The team announced in an email on May 7 that it had designated Quintanilla for assignment and brought up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Quintanilla, who was hitting a mere .207 with a .258 OBP and three RBI in 15 games this season, cleared waivers on May 10 and accepted an assignment to stay with Las Vegas.

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