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San Diego Padres Should Explore Trading Carlos Quentin

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

There were a lot of high expectations on Carlos Quentin when he broke into MLB. Quentin was supposed to be a player that hit over 30 home runs each season with more than 100 RBI. Quentin has struggled through injury issues for his whole career and is dealing with them again this season as he gets ready for the San Diego Padres. Quentin has a big contract that runs another couple of years, but I believe the Padres have to look into trading Quentin at the deadline in July if he can stay healthy between now and then.

Quentin is dealing with knee issues again like he has before but should be ready for Opening Day. Quentin played in only 86 games for San Diego last season with 16 home runs. It also doesn’t help Quentin’s case when he has played in over 129 games just twice in his career. Quentin is a dangerous hitter and with the new dimensions at Petco Park this season, it could help Quentin hit more homers. If that happens, San Diego must move him.

The Padres appear to be a few years away from being serious contenders especially in a top-heavy National League West. Quentin can be one of the best right-handed hitters in the whole league if he is healthy, but he never is and that’s why the Padres need to go in a different direction. There was a lot of talk last season about the team trying to trade Quentin at the deadline, but it never happened. I think this is the season it will occur if Quentin can remain on the field.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.