Mets: Q signing doesn't mean Tejada starts

Ruben Tejada continues to look more and more like the Opening Day shortstop. But the signing of Omar Quintanilla as a potential backup middle infielder does not in itself mean the Mets are resigned to Tejada as the No. 1 just yet.

Quintailla's minor-league deal with spring-training invite became official Monday afternoon.

"Quintanilla doesn’t really signal anything," assistant GM John Ricco said. "We needed more middle-infield help."

Officially, the Mets remain in the mix for free-agent Stephen Drew, although team insiders in recent weeks have downplayed the likelihood Drew ends up in Queens. Their logic: The Mets probably would be uninterested in committing more than a year or two to Drew. At that commitment, Mets insiders figure Drew will just return to the Boston Red Sox.

Agent Scott Boras has told reporters five or six teams are interested in Drew, and that Drew would be open to playing multiple positions rather than being locked into just shortstop.