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The Padres want to sign Carlos Quentin and Huston Street, not trade them

Jul 19, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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Carlos Quentin and Huston Street are two of the most popular trade chips around, so the assumption has been that the Padres will deal them before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Not so, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

According to Heyman, the Padres now want to sign both Quentin and Street to multi-year deals. Both players have expressed a desire to stay in San Diego, because, well, who the heck wouldn’t if the price is right?  And while the ownership situation is unsettled at the moment, current owner John Moores and presumptive new owner Ron Fowler have given the OK to try to sign them.

Every report must be taken with a grain of salt at this time of year, so it’s possible the Padres are floating this out there in order to raise the asking price among prospective suitors. Quentin is a San Diego native, so the Padres may feel some extra incentive to get something done with him, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right course of action for a franchise in rebuilding mode.

Quentin, an impending free agent, is batting .268/.394/.512 with eight home runs, 21 RBI and a .905 OPS in 37 games played this season. Street has compiled a microscopic 1.07 ERA and 34/8 K/BB ratio over 25 1/3 innings this season while going a perfect 15-for-15 in save opportunities. His contract includes a $500,000 buyout on a $9 million mutual option for 2013.

  1. meadowlark89 - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    They may be rebuilding, but Quentin and Street are two players they can build around along with Grandal and Alonso, they get a few good free agents this winter and they could compete next season. JMO

  2. icanspeel - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    I think it makes sense because Quentin or Street won’t break the bank and both players have fit with the chemistry of the team so far. They definitely have the youth movement going, but helps to have a few veterans too.

  3. micker716 - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    No reason they can’t compete next year if young guys continue to develop, some of their pitchers get healthy and they add a couple of pieces with that new ownership money looking to make an impression. Got to love the NL West.

  4. xpensivewinos - Jul 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    I like the idea of keeping Street, but not Quentin. He’s an injury-prone, completely one-dimensional player in a ballpark that does not fit his skill set. If they had Cincinnati’s ballpark then yeah, you keep him and wait for the 3-run homer.

    This team needs high on-base guys who can run and play strong defense. No shame in playing small-ball, but they need the right parts. The money it will cost to sign him would be put to much better use signing or trading for someone else.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:19 AM

      Quentin was acquired to provide a home run threat in the middle of the order on a weak scoring team. He’s the kind of professional hitter who improves the players around him in the order, whether he gets hits or not. The team is scoring 4.2 runs/game in the 38 games he’s been in the lineup, and 3.1 runs/game in the 56 games he wasn’t in the lineup. That extra run per game is huge.

      BTW, nobody at Petco waits for the 3-run homer. Life’s too short.

  5. kwf1224 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Aren’t the Padres supposed to be sellers.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:14 AM

      You should be a seller if you have a veteran, high priced team. They don’t. You should be a seller if your payroll is high and will skyrocket next year if you don’t jettison some high salaries. They have the lowest payroll in the majors. You should be a seller if your farm system is pitiful and you need to stock it with prospects. They have one of the top-rated deepest farms in baseball. You should be a seller if you’ve already lost 55 games and the fans won’t mind if you lose another 45 and will keep coming to the ballpark. They DO mind, and won’t keep coming.

      They’ve been rebuilding the last few years and are a young team with a few veterans they need for stability, a stocked farm system and a new owner coming who will want to make a splash. Now’s the time to keep the veterans and build up the major league team and build attendance.

  6. rcali - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Give the Padre fans one good reason why they think management will actually spend some money. Padres owners just take that revenue sharing check and put it into their personal stocks and bonds.

    • icanspeel - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

      The 1 good reason is they will have a new owner soon.

  7. Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:25 AM

    “… Every report must be taken with a grain of salt …”

    Especially when it comes from Jon Heyman.

  8. congocash - Jul 20, 2012 at 4:26 AM

    I dont get this….i thought the padres were a farm team playong against mlb teams…. Y are they preventing other teams from pilfering their lineup? What a waste of talent… Im more important than those fans in san diego…. My team needs those players and it is selfish for padres to keep their good players. The comissioner will hear my complaints…. U can count on it.

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