Padres Close to Extending Carlos Quentin
Jon Heyman of cbssports.com is reporting that the Padres are close to a 3-year extension with Carlos Quentin. The deal would be for 27M and with bonuses could reach 30M total.
This season Quentin has hit .279/.389/.525 in 40 games, but in 18 games at Petco National Park, Quentin is hitting .230/.309/.410. Not a huge surprise that a Quentin, a fly ball hitter struggles at Petco. Carlos is having a slow July .204/.286/.347 and is only hitting .189 with RISP this season.
Although I do admire that the Padres are trying to lock up players, I’m not sure investing $27-30M on a injury prone player with bad knees that will be in his 30’s during the length of the contract is a wise thing to do.
With that said, I’m excited for the games that Quentin will play for the team and if/when the fences are moved in, it will benefit Quentin plenty. Below is a spray chart of Quentin at Petco (provided by foxsports.com).
Random thought: If Alonso’s power isn’t able to develop, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Quentin play some first base down the road. That would be a great way to take some pressure off of his knees and keep his bat in the lineup.