There was a lot of talking swirling around Carlos Quentin about a possible trade to another team. However, all of that talk quieted immediately Sunday when the outfielder signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the San Diego Padres. A deal that will keep Quentin with the team until 2015.
There are now even fewer options for GMs looking for outfield power as well as right-handed power in the trade market. The deal also puts a bigger target on Alfonso Soriano‘s and Josh Willingham‘s backs as the July 31 trade deadline approaches. Finally, the deal also marks something that Quentin has not had in awhile and that is some stability. Quentin has been traded twice and his longest stint with a team lasted four seasons when he was with the Chicago White Sox.
With the Padres not doing so well in the National League West this season, there is an enormous amount of potential coming from the team and with GM Josh Byrnes not trading Quentin for prospects, it looks like the Padres have the mindset of winning in the near future instead of the far future.
Byrnes will be criticized by smaller market teams for committing a big figure to Quentin but in the end, the deal could pay off for the Padres.
The team is currently 41-56 and fourth in the NL West. Quentin is batting .266/.380/.510 with nine home runs in 22 RBI in the pitchers’ park that is PETCO Park.
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