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Padres will try to sign Carlos Quentin to contract extension

Jan 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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San Diego made a surprising move to acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox over the weekend and yesterday general manager Josh Byrnes indicated that the Padres will try to extend the 29-year-old outfielder’s contract before he’s eligible for free agency next offseason.

“Our payroll model is setting up well,” Byrnes told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune. “We’re not in total go-for-it mode, but we can make some choices. We acquired Carlos with the thought that we could extend him.”

Padres fans should be encouraged by the willingness to spend some money and keep some players in San Diego, but Quentin is set to make about $7 million this season via arbitration and locking him up long term before seeing how he performs at Petco Park would be a big risk for a player who’s called two hitter-friendly ballparks home in Arizona and Chicago.

For his career Quentin’s home OPS is 100 points higher than his road OPS and his overall production has been good rather than great, so as a right-handed slugger with low batting averages and poor defense he may find it difficult to thrive in the majors’ most pitcher-friendly ballpark.

  1. icanspeel - Jan 3, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    Even though the Padres are a small market club, they basically have very little salary guaranteed after the 2012 season, so plenty of room to sign a player like Quentin, but I have a feeling they will wait to see how he performs in Petco first.

  2. rooney24 - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Maybe the Padres feel they need to extend him before he plays there and decides he doesn’t like it. Don’t most players kind of shun playing there due to the effect on their offensive numbers? They might think he would refuse to sign after that.

    • ptfu - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      Quentin already lives in San Diego. So he might want to sign there to be near his family during the season.

  3. CJ - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Where have I seen this before?

    Oh yes: http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/03/23/heath-bell-and-the-padres-are-talking-contract-extension/

    Yep. Means. Nothing.

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