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Carlos Quentin is going to be great trade bait

May 30, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

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Despite his best efforts, Carlos Quentin couldn’t stop the Padres from getting swept by the lowly Cubs, who entered the series losers of 12 in a row.

Quentin, though, did put on a show at Wrigley Field, collecting three homers and four doubles in his first three games back from the disabled list. Two of those homers came Wednesday off the formerly untouchable Ryan Dempster. Right-handed hitters were hitting .197/.234/.234 with one homer in 117 at-bats going into the game.

So the Padres are now 17-35, having lost six games in a row. They’re 16 1/2 games back in the NL West (no other team in baseball is more than 12 1/2 games out of first place). It’s already time to start thinking about selling, and Quentin, a poor defensive outfielder who probably isn’t a long-term piece in Petco Park, would seem to be an obvious candidate to go in a trade this summer. Some could use him more than others, but just about every AL contender aside from the Angels could find a way to fit his bat in somehow. He’d also seem to be precisely the right-handed bat the Reds need in the cleanup spot. It’d be for the best if he doesn’t get too comfortable in San Diego.

  1. icanspeel - May 30, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Sucks being a Padres fan right now because we waited so long for him, then he shows what we have been missing, then reality hits and Padres will be selling what they can shortly. Why must the baseball gods mock us?

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 30, 2012 at 8:56 PM

      Because you have the world’s most perfect weather, gorgeous beaches and a beautiful, robust town full of culture and commerce. It just wouldn’t be fair to the world if you also had an excellent baseball team.

  2. vanmorrissey - May 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    Yep, short but sweet. Since Carlos is a native SD that home cooking will have to wait until after the season come July. Boston could use him, but with all the lefties in Cleveland’s lineup would not be surprised if they make a push.

  3. icanspeel - May 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    On a side note, I had a funny thought that Quentin could end up the Padres lone representative to the All star game right before they ship him out. He is 3rd in home runs on the team after only playing 3 games, so why not?

    • ptfu - May 30, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      That would be pretty funny. If he stays red-hot then it could happen. Still, Headley’s having a nice year so I suppose he’ll get the nod.

  4. buffalo65 - May 30, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    Starting in left field for your Toronto blue jays……

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 30, 2012 at 9:00 PM

      Boston Red Sox, Cleveland, Tampa, NYY, Brewers, Giants, Rangers, Marlins, Nats, Phillies…

      The list goes on and on of teams that could use a power bat in the OF corner

      • hodaghunter - May 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

        Brewers dont have anything left in their farm system to pull a trade. Besides, Aoki has the outfield spot with Hart being moved to first base. It is showing good results thus far

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

        Not really disagreeing with you on your points, but Quentin is better than anyone not named Braun in the Brewers OF. If they are in as much of a ‘win now’ mode as they seem, Quentin would make at least a bit of sense.

    • hiltonandastoria - May 30, 2012 at 10:12 PM

      Travis Snider volunteers to be part of any trade

  5. ezthinking - May 30, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Slightly OT.

    Carlos Lee finally struck out to reach double figures this year. Fewest K’s by any qualifier. He will make nice trade bait later this season as well.

  6. xjokerz - May 31, 2012 at 4:42 AM

    Detroit will snatch up Quentin for raburn and some elephant peanuts

  7. gloccamorra - May 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Ah, the Padres are in a hole because of all the pitching injuries and no offensive production from their middle infield, in addition to Quentin’s absence. If healthy, and the middle infielders start hitting, it’s a decent team, with a farm ready to produce over the next year or two. It’s not the kind of team you blow up and start over, by trading productive veterans who fill a needed role for prospects.

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