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Reds, Pirates and Indians among teams interested in Carlos Quentin

Jul 9, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

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The next 24 hours will be dominated by All-Star Game coverage, but it won’t be long before this space is filled with rumors leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. And we’re already hearing some chatter regarding one of the most popular names on the market.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Reds, Pirates and Indians are among the teams who have expressed interest in Padres’ outfielder Carlos Quentin. The Marlins inquired at one point, but it’s not clear if they still have interest after acquiring Carlos Lee last week. The Tigers and Blue Jays were initially mentioned as possibilities, but they are now looking to upgrade in other areas.

The Padres acquired Quentin from the White Sox during the offseason, but their poor first half (34-53) has rendered him a logical trade chip. The 29-year-old didn’t make his season debut until May 28 following knee surgery, but he’s hitting .268/.408/.518 with seven home runs, 17 RBI and a .924 OPS through 138 plate appearances. While the Padres have expressed interest in a long-term deal for the San Diego native, the team’s unsettled ownership situation puts a wrinkle into any such plans.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    More rumor mongering by Heyman. For the record, the Jays were never interested. They do not need a DH and have outfielders with more upside in Triple A.

  2. metalhead65 - Jul 9, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    why would the reds be interested in somebody who is not a upgrade over Heisey who is a upgrade over stubbs even if dusty and jocketty refuse to see it. just 1 more guy for dusty to platoon according to his book. not the book every other manager uses,but the book that says if you go 4-7 in 2 games you must sit the third game because the guy playing in your place today had 3 hits against the pitcher they are facing today 5 years ago. I can see why the padres would want to deal with the reds again since the prospects they got in the Latos deal have worked out pretty good for them. why not get more if they can.

    • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      The Reds probably wouldn’t be interested in such an individual.

      Fortunately for them, Quentin >>>> Heisey

      • metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:07 AM

        unless Heisey is included in the deal Quentin would be part of a three headed monster in left field. no way dusty benches the strikeout king for either 1 and they are not paying ludwick 2.5 million to sit on the bench.

      • paperlions - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:17 AM

        So….your argument is that they shouldn’t make the team better because then what do you do with two guys that are below average LFers that are already on the roster?

      • amunoz78 - Jul 10, 2012 at 8:43 AM

        I’m guessing he’ll find a spot for a guy that is getting on better than 40% of the time this year.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      Metalhead: I like Heisey. As we have discussed previously…I think he should be starting.
      At a minimum…a regular Platoon with Stubbs and Ludwick.
      But Paper is right. Quentin > Heisey.

      • metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

        that does not mean dusty will see it like that. if they get him and do not include Heisey in the deal then Quentin will be part of platoon in left field. there is no way he benches the strikeout machine and they are not going to sit ludwick who they are paying 2.5 million.so it does not make sense for the reds to trade for him.

  3. dondada10 - Jul 9, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    This is exactly the righty bat the Mets need.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 10, 2012 at 9:21 PM

      Substitute “Padres” for “Mets” and you’ve nearly quoted the Padres GM Josh Byrnes when asked about trading Quentin. The Padres have scored 4.15 runs/game with Quentin in the lineup, and 3.11 runs/game when he’s not playing.

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