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Padres, Carlos Quentin agree to three-year, $27M extension

Jul 22, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

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One of the top available bats is now off the market.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin — who had been drawing trade interest from a number of teams — agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension on Sunday morning with San Diego. The deal could carry a total value of $30 million if the 29-year-old slugger is able to climb his way to certain statistical plateaus.

Quentin is batting .273/.389/.525 with nine home runs, eight doubles and 22 RBI through 167 plate appearances this season. The fourth-place Friars will attempt to build an offense around him in the coming years. They do have an incredible amount of depth and promise in their minor league system.

Heyman suspects that the Padres will also try to lock up closer Huston Street instead of trading him.

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    If he is worth $27 million, the Jays got a heck of a bargain when they signed Encarnacin.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 23, 2012 at 4:50 AM

      With Quentin in the lineup, the Padres have average 4.4 runs per game. Without him, they averaged 3.1 runs per game. He’s just the ideal trigger for the team’s offense, and will be paid accordingly. It’s unlikely Encarnacion can have that kind of impact with Bautista, Rasmus and Arencibia also in the lineup.

  2. steviep23 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Well he also plays the OF not just DHing

  3. dondada10 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I say good deal, Pads.

    ~9 mil translates to about 2.5 WAR. That’s about what Quentin is expected to finish around this year.

    Considering San Diego has new ownership, signing Quentin is more of a sign that they’re going to be willing to spend.

    It’s essentially the Nationals signing Jayson Werth, but to a much more reasonable contract.

  4. icanspeel - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    The only question with Quentin is will he stay healthy? Still, he is 2nd on the team in home runs with only 167 plate appearances, that has to tell you how much they need a power bat. I just think it is a good sign the Padres are signing and not trading, shows they plan to finish off this year strong and hope to compete next year.

  5. jkirkkern - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    You may want to double check your facts. Padded are not in last place.

  6. mminpacbeach - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    The Padres are in 4th place, not last. Really, guys!!!

  7. edelmanfanclub - Jul 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    PETCO hurts all hitters statistics.

    .308/.444/.615 on the road, 6 HR in 78 ABs. He was an amazing hitter for the White Sox in 08 before he broke his hand, I think it’s a good signing even though they porbably could have gotten a decent haul for him. Good veteran/power bat to have in the lineup for their rebuilding years.

  8. joecool16280 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    New owners better bring in those fences. Must be boring for the home fans.

    • micker716 - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:56 PM

      Nah, losing is boring. I’ll take a 1-0 win anyday.

  9. congocash - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    The fences are fine…. If fenway can have the green monster and colorado can have thin air… Then petco should be allowed to have deep fences…. Its our signiture.

  10. ptfu - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    This may signify a major change in how the Padres’ brass sees the team. You don’t offer a deal like this unless you think you’re poised to win soon. That would mean the brass thinks very highly of the kids in the upper minors, and that they can help the team within a year or so.

    In other words, perhaps the Padres are switching from rebuilding to competing. Our window is approaching!

  11. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jul 23, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    That slash line looks pretty, but it’s mostly due to those first 6 games. In hist last 35 games he is hitting .217/.345/.350 with 4 HR’s and 13 RBI.

  12. chicagosworth - Jul 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Good sign for the Padres. Was hoping he would come back to the AL to see him more often but he’s a great player. He is my youngest sons favorite player and was able to meet him in Chicago, made his wish. The man plays great ball and will help his squad win.

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