Padres Notes: Quentin, Bell, Baker, Scouting

The Padres have Carlos Quentin "on their list of possibilities" for an offseason trade, reports Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune.  It seems like a good match, given that the White Sox are thought to have Quentin on the market and the Padres are looking for a corner outfielder.  Center mentions elsewhere in his chat with readers that given the Padres' difficulty in luring free agent hitters to Petco Park, a trade would be the club's best chance to add that desired corner outfield help.

Quentin has posted a .257/.352/.505 line over the last four seasons in Chicago, though it remains to be seen how his bat and his glove (a career UZR/150 of -9.3, though this metric also shows Quentin was an above-average defensive right fielder in 2011) would play in spacious Petco Park.  If Quentin was acquired, he and Cameron Maybin would play every day, with Center including Chris Denorfia, Jesus Guzman, Kyle Blanks, Mark Kotsay and Will Venable all in the mix at the other corner outfield spot.

Some other news about the Friars…

  • Also from Center, GM Josh Byrnes is "actively talking trade with a number of clubs."  Center lists Maybin, Nick Hundley, Mat Latos and Anthony Rizzo as "the only players who I believe are close to untouchable."
  • Former Padres GM Jed Hoyer tells Tom Krasovic of Inside The Padres that the new collective bargaining agreement played a big role in the club's decision to keep Heath Bell at last summer's trade deadline.  "We checked with MLB several times to make sure the compensation system wouldn't be eliminated after the 2011 season," Hoyer said.  "The value of the picks was the crux of our decision not to trade him in July or August. In our minds (and many people were involved in the decision), we never were offered anything all that close to the value of the draft picks in return."  If Bell turns down San Diego's offer of arbitration and signs elsewhere, Bell's modified Type A status means that the Padres would receive a first-round pick in a slot directly ahead of Bell's new team, plus a supplementary round pick.
  • Writing for Fangraphs, Mike Axisa thinks the Padres got the better end of the recent John Baker-for-Wade LeBlanc trade.
  • The Padres' willingness to spend on their international scouting and development system is paying dividends, writes Dan Hayes of the North County Times.


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59 Comments on "Padres Notes: Quentin, Bell, Baker, Scouting"


Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Carlos Quentin would be a great pick up for the Padres.

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Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

How about this idea for a 3-way:

Pads get Seth Smith
Rockies get Martin Prado
Braves get Chase Headley

Throw in prospects as needed to even things out.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Headley being traded is close to impossible, considering that he’s really the only consistent hitter in the lineup. You guys can have Hudson though.

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johnnycomelately9
3 years 7 months ago

Wrong. Gyrko led the AFL in hitting and Darnell and Forsythe got called up last September

3B is their deepest spot offensively

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

A 3B who can’t hit for power. Pass. Even if he’s gonna hit .290 he doesn’t drive in runs, whether that be his fault or the players around him 3B is a production position and he really doesn’t produce.

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AirmanSD
3 years 7 months ago

Why would the Padres want Seth Smith? He is left handed, a fact that seriously limits his value to the Padres (PETCO is murder on lefties). Acccording to +OPS and WOBA he is Will Venable, soild against rights (110 vs 111 career or .330 vs .377 ) terrible against lefties (54 vs 42 or .257 vs .262 ). The idea behind any deal for an outfield is to upgrade the offense not for it to be a push. He has advantage in hitting righties but not enough of one to consider him an upgrade in SD, especially since you have the Padres giving up the same amount of years of Headley.

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GasLampGuru
3 years 7 months ago

You beat me to it.  Seth Smith holds little to no value for the Padres.  

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3 years 7 months ago

I’d rather have Prado. 

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

No way in hell Padres could get Prado.

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Jeff
3 years 7 months ago

You’d rather have Prado then Headley?

Headley+ position prospect or two might get you Prado, seriously.  He is on the block.

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Cankersly
3 years 7 months ago

Make it CarGo instead of Seth smith and it sounds alright to me.

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briankoke
3 years 7 months ago

Padres are getting raped in that proposal. Make that a hell no.

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gr8testsoxfan
3 years 7 months ago

Who would the give us in return? Nobody comes to mind

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Dylan Ramirez
3 years 7 months ago

Tim Stauffer for Quentin? I wonder why the Padres would trade for someone that is only under contract for a year when they really shouldn’t expect to compete. 

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Beersy
3 years 7 months ago

If I remember correctly there were Stauffer for Lawrie rumors last off season.  Man do I wish Hoyer had pulled that trigger.  As for Stauffer for Quentin I would have no interest in that.   Stauffer may not light up the radar gun, but he sure knows how to pitch.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

Quentin is from SD, maybe they have some weird, crazy hope he’d re-up at a cost they can afford?

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Chipper_is_GOD
3 years 7 months ago

Hows about the Braves get Quentin? I’d like that better.

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rockfordone
3 years 7 months ago

Q for Mike Minor

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Chipper_is_GOD
3 years 7 months ago

Done deal.

Guest
3 years 7 months ago

I hope that the Padres aren’t really serious about giving up a top-tier talent for Quentin. I think we’re good with the outfield with the Maybin/ Blanks/ Venable trio. 
We need to look for a left-handed batter instead who’ll potentially drive in some runs.

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GasLampGuru
3 years 7 months ago

Blanks and Venable can’t hit.  Quentin would be a massive upgrade at either corner OF spot for them, and there is really no debating that.  This team needs a legit power threat in the heart of the order.  Given that his numbers have slipped the last couple years and he’s only under contract for one season, it won’t take top-tier talent to get him.

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marinest21
3 years 7 months ago

Blanks has only 420 ML ab’s to his name and will be only 25 heading into next year, kind of in the same situation as Cameron Maybin was in last season. I say give him a full year to stay healthy and let’s see what he can do. Way to young to say he can’t hit IMO, esp, with that RH’ed power bat.

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GasLampGuru
3 years 7 months ago

I was merely making the point that it’s a little premature (if not foolish) to suggest that the Padres outfield is “fine” in its current form.  Maybin is currently the only true everyday player in our outfield mix.  Everyone else is either a platoon player, a 4th outfielder, or just an extra piece.  

We know Venable can’t hit – at least not consistently – and he’s unlikely to improve much at his age.  Blanks is still an unknown with some big holes in his swing.  Denorfia is a 4th outfielder on any other club.  Kotsay is just an extra piece.  Guzman may wind up playing LF out of necessity, but no one really knows how he’ll perform over a full season.

Quentin, by comparison, is a proven commodity.  There is less guess work with him than our current outfield mix.  You have to respect his power, which isn’t really something you can honestly say about anyone else on the roster.  Getting a proven slugger like him might take some pressure off of everyone else.

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Beersy
3 years 7 months ago

Would Quentin be a “legit power threat” if he played 81 games at Petco?  He always seems to have something wrong with him and he doesn’t really fit the “athletic player” mold that the Padres are wanting to acquire.  If, and that’s a big if, Byrnes could talk Amaro into a Headley for Brown swap and then plug in Guzman at 3rd until Gyorko is ready, hopefully by 2013, the Padres could really have something.

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lolpods
3 years 7 months ago

if he’s healthy, the ball goes bye bye no matter where he plays.

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NYBravosFan10
3 years 7 months ago

Is it me or have the Padres been the most exciting team when it comes to trade speculation the past 5 years?