It seems that every year, the San Diego Padres will have at least one player involved in trade rumors, at least to a certain degree. That’s part of the nature of being in a small market. Chase Headley will certainly factor into this winter’s rumor mill, but a guy that could very well be on the move is Carlos Quentin.
Quentin has been rumored to be on the block for the last few seasons, whether it’s during the offseason or around the trade deadline. What has likely prevented a deal from actually taking place, is his health, which has been a large issue, just as it was in 2013.
When Quentin was in the lineup this season, he did turn in some solid numbers. He posted a .275 batting average, his highest clip since 2008, while hitting 13 home runs and knocking in 44 in 82 games. Of course, that 82 games is an issue, especially after appearing in only 86 last year.
Quentin will become a free agent in 2016, though he does have a mutual option with the Padres at that point. San Diego would be foolish to not at least consider moving the veteran outfielder this winter, if they can manage to move him for a decent return.
That’s going to be the issue, of course. Quentin has had his fair share of health woes over the last several seasons. Teams could be weary of him because of that. However, at the same time, you have to acknowledge that he’s a potential impact bat, and while he’s not an offensive powerhouse, he’s a solid source of secondary offense.
Teams will be interested in him, that isn’t the issue. The issue is whether or not the Padres will be able to see the type of return they want to get in exchange for him. With his injury history, that’ll be tough, but expect the Padres to at least explore the possibility of moving him.