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Padres and Carlos Quentin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.25 million contract

Jan 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said earlier this month that he acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox with the idea of eventually signing him to a contract extension. Those talks have apparently been tabled for now, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.025 million contract.

Quentin, 29, batted .254/.340/.499 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI and an .838 OPS over 483 plate appearances last season with the White Sox.

While Quentin can become a free agent following the 2012 season, it’s probably a good idea to see how his skills translate to the spacious PETCO Park before engaging in contract talks. In addition to concerns about his defense and a potential drop in power, the southern California native has struggled to stay healthy during his six years in the majors.

  1. rambodiaz - Jan 18, 2012 at 7:34 AM

    Seems like a very reasonable deal for Quentin, especially considering he’s going to be playing half his games in PETCO. For whatever reason, I’ve always been intrigued by this guy. It’s going to be interesting seeing how he does for The Friars this year.

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