Padres Sign Carlos Quentin

The Padres have announced the signing of Carlos Quentin to a contract extension through the 2015 season with a mutual option for 2016. 

We are very pleased to extend Carlos’ contract,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes in a statement announcing the extension. “He provides a real threat in the middle of our lineup and brings an intensity and edge to our club. As a San Diegan, he is very invested in the success of the Padres.

The Padres did not disclose the financial terms of the deal, but Corey Brock of MLB.com tweets Quentin will receive $9.5MM in 2013 and 2014, $8MM in 2015, and, if the 2016 option is picked up, $10MM. In a separate tweet, Brock reports Quentin is guaranteed a $3MM buyout of the option, if he plays over 320 games the next three years. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.com writes the deal includes a full no-trade clause, a pivotal stipulation for Quentin. 

Quentin's name has popped up quite a bit in trade rumors with the outfielder drawing interest from several clubs including the Pirates, Giants, Indians, and Reds. The outfielder has looked strong this season since returning from knee surgery, hitting .273/.389/.525 with nine homers in 40 games.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, who first reported the agreement, notes that the club viewed Michael Cuddyer, Edwin Encarnacion, and Josh Willingham – who all received three-year deals – as fair comps for the 29-year-old. Of the three, Quentin's deal is most similar to Cuddyer's, whose contract is worth $31.5MM over that span. 

In years past, the Padres' financial situation has hampered them from keeping some of their biggest stars, but San Diego was able to retain the outfielder thanks in large part to their new ownership. Both the current group and the incoming group signed off on the deal to keep Quentin in San Diego.

The Padres might not stop with a new deal for Quentin and are looking to lock up right-hander Huston Street next, according to Rosenthal. The club may just look to guarantee his $9MM mutual option for 2013 but the 28-year-old would likely prefer a multi-year pact.


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97 Comments on "Padres Sign Carlos Quentin"


bigpat
3 years 12 days ago

Does anyone want to become a free agent this year? Seriously.

Chiburgh
3 years 12 days ago

The deal includes a Full-No-Trade Clause too

3 years 12 days ago

its not so much that no one wants to become a FA, as it is the new CBA not giving draft pick compensation for them. Most teams wont give up good prospects with nothing in return. So we are seeing little movement in rental players.

marinest21
3 years 12 days ago

Good points. The CBA also further disadvantages small market teams who won’t be able to afford their stars because of this erased draft pick compensation clause. That was one of the few loopholes poorer teams could use (acquiring more picks in the draft) to compete with the inflated MLB FA market.

melonis_rex
3 years 12 days ago

this is also about the ballpark of money quentin could get on the FA market. josh willingham is a better player (with similar injury issues) and got less, while cuddyer is a worse but healthier player who got slightly more.

he could test the market out for more, but there’s always a chance of another injury or a slump sapping his FA value before he hit FA.

Amish_willy
3 years 12 days ago

When Quentin’s 3 year deal is up, he’ll be the same age Willingham was last year. Willingham’s deal looks like a bargin, but then again his price came with the fact you were getting his 33-35 age seasons versus Quentin’s 30-32 years.

ARod's Ring
3 years 12 days ago

Very good deal!

halflink123
3 years 12 days ago

Seriously, this is a steal for the Padres. Quentin is one of the best right handed hitters in the game. Wow I cannot believe he signed this low.

sdsuphilip
3 years 12 days ago

It’s a good deal if it’s without the no trade clause, I am ok with it, but on another note there is no reason to extend street.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 12 days ago

Agree on Street. The deal is fine in my opinion, 3/30 or 4/37, but you’re right, NTC is a bummer.

Edit: Read the numbers wrong.

PHILAbeatdown
3 years 12 days ago

bahahahahaha one of the best power hitters in the game???? get real. guys is good but thats it. not even close to one of the best rh power hitters in the game…. homerish talk…

sourbob
3 years 12 days ago

So if Quentin is off the market and Willingham and Cuddyer aren’t really available, either, what’s left for power hitters? Just Soriano?

Chiburgh
3 years 12 days ago

and nobody wants Soriano

mrsjohnmiltonrocks
3 years 12 days ago

And I don’t completely understand that considering the Cubs are willing to give him to you for virtually nothing. I know he’s not great, but there are a few things he can do; there are much worse players with roster spots even on contending teams.

notsureifsrs
3 years 12 days ago

not a good use of padre payroll

DerekJeterDan
3 years 12 days ago

This is good for the Padres because they need someone who is a power threat and can mash in Petco Park. At this stage in his career Quentin will produce very good OPS and OWAR numbers. On the contrary, this is not a good deal for the Padres because a guy like Quentin is someone who gets hurt often and he isn’t the best defender or the fleetest of foot. Regardless, he gives their lineup a bit of credibility when he is right and being a California native he seems to love where he plays. They could have traded him, got prospects, and then convinced him to sign this off-season but this saves from any confusion and gets to the heart of the matter and that is having a bat who will produce in Petco. A 3 year deal that will expire when he is 32/33 at 9 million per is a risky investment to take. I hope it pays off for the Padres because Quentin definitely has power.

bigpat
3 years 12 days ago

I’m afraid this deal may look bad after a year. I think Quentin is the kind of guy you just go with one year deals or maybe even a two year if you need to. 3/27 is too risky when you have a player who is extremely injury prone, but the Padres need bats in the worst way.

3 years 12 days ago

Its 3/$30 guaranteed. Cant forget the $3 million buyout of 2016 option

3 years 12 days ago

Its worth a risk. New owners should have more money and their current roster has a very low payroll commitment. Its not that much a year and they would have to pay a lot more for a comparable bat in free agency that may not want to hit in petco. Most of the team is locked up for a while, well the guys they want anyway so its not like they will have to get rid of anyone for him and its reasonable enough a team could be interested in him as a DH if need be

Sd_brain
3 years 12 days ago

In order to become a contending team you gotta act like one, good move for the padres- lots of positives with this deal.

Tim Valencia
3 years 12 days ago

How is 3 years 9 million+ each year with a full no trade good for an injury prone guy who wont play 100 games on a small payroll team?

Tommy Ngo
3 years 12 days ago

Team only has 20 million committed for next year now… still room to spend

3 years 12 days ago

A bad contract is a bad contract regardless of what you have to spend.

Brian Stoops
3 years 12 days ago

Couldn’t agree more with you, Michael. I’m a huge Padres fan, but I can’t help but think that this is another signing of the wrong player. He just doesn’t fit the ‘speed and defense’ team that we’ve tried to field for so many years. Especially with a defense that has underperformed so mightily this year, one that has taken us out of so many ballgames, you’d think signing a HUGE defensive liability in the outfield would be a poor choice. And that’s without even bringing into the light that he’ll likely miss 60-80 games (if we’re lucky, it will only be that much) over the course of the contract.

Hopefully, I’ll eat crow in a few years, but I just can’t stand behind this. It’s so tough to see them sign this guy and shop their best player in Chase Headley so aggressively.

Amish_willy
3 years 12 days ago

Have you seen what the Padres have gotten from their LF’s in 2010 & 2011? Check that out and perhaps Quentin will be viewed in a slightly different light.

Not a bad contract when you think of the team with or without him. Basically replace Jesus Guzman in LF and the cleanup spot. They need a vet bat for the middle of the lineup with LF being the most logical spot. If it wasn’t going to be Quentin it needed to be someone like him.

It’ll be much easier for the Padres to replace him 40-50 times a year versus 162 times, and the money is perfectly fine.

3 years 12 days ago

Aside from the flaws in your logic (there are options between paying Quentin or playing Guzman), you’re also assuming that Quentin will keep being really good when he’s healthy. Guys who get hurt a lot can drop off quickly in their 30s.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 12 days ago

Padres don’t have any internal options comparable to Quentin, unless Gyorko can play LF or could be groomed to play there. What other OF bats would be available come winter 2012 or 2013? And how many of them would be willing to sign to play in Petco for 9mil/year?

As for the injury history, He and the managers are conscious of his physical limitations, and I think he’s playing smarter in the OF to prevent injury, inasmuch as you can plan for it.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 12 days ago

Darnell, Frieman, and Clark. ALL might be legit regs, all might not get a chance any time soon. But pads settled issue in Left. Now they need to focus on RF.

3 years 12 days ago

Quentin had 6 game stretch after he came off the DL on 5/28 where he hit lights out. Since the end of that hot streak on 6/5 he has hit .217 with .359 slugging.

rainyperez
3 years 12 days ago

Good for the Padres and their fan base. Having one of the best farm systems in the league to build around plus a new owner should spell great things to come for them.

3 years 12 days ago

three years-27MM for a game changer, yes please!

3 years 12 days ago

This deal goes beyond the box score and dollars. He also provides needed protection for the young players. Yes, obviously health is a risk with him. I’ll more than take it. Padres have lacked that thumper to protect players for years and are showing commitment to fans they want to win sooner than later.

marinest21
3 years 12 days ago

I might argue he is the biggest thumper in the lineup since Nevin. Some may argue A-Gon, but given he’s LH’ed, Quentin’s a threat to go deep every AB.

3 years 12 days ago

Yeah I see that. Adrian was more of the guy, with zero protection. Kouz and Headley protecting Adrian, please. lol

marinest21
3 years 12 days ago

Haha, in all fairness Kouz did put up some pretty solid power numbers during his time here. I know the FO was completely Pro-Headley once he proved he was a liability in LF, but I liked Kouz for his RH’ed power as well. He just K’ed way too much.

3 years 12 days ago

Agreed.

sdsuphilip
3 years 12 days ago

He doesn’t, protection is a myth.

3 years 12 days ago

So is dry land. Apparently.

marinest21
3 years 12 days ago

RH’ed power is what the Padres need playing in Petco. I like this sign.

Mr_Anderson1017
3 years 12 days ago

Wow that’s the same terms as the Eric Byrnes deal. JB sure knows what he’s doing.

3 years 12 days ago

Imagine what he could get if he could play defense.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 12 days ago

Not sure if the defensive metrics reflect it, but he’s been pretty good in LF from what I’ve seen of him (~15 games). Strong arm and good positioning, and every ball I’ve seen over his head (not due to misplay, mind you) he has played just about perfect.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 12 days ago

40 games really isn’t a sample size to go on, nevermind the 15 games you’ve personally watched him. In his career, he’s been a horrid defender.

Actually standing in position is something you learn in little league. Having a good arm is nice to have – according to FanGraphs, his arm is actually below average for his career – and there’s no point to it if you have no range.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 12 days ago

Well how about the 1.0 UZR he’s posted combined in 2011 and 2012 (158 games)? I know, I know, UZR is supposed to be viewed in three-year samples, but do you just ignore a jump of 24+ UZR from his 162 games prior? How about a DRS of 0 in 2011 (RF) and a score of -2 in 2012 (LF)? Not mind-blowing, by any stretch, but by no means horrid.

I had a very low opinion of Quentin’s defense until I saw it for myself. He’s been surprising.

Encarnacion's Parrot
3 years 12 days ago

Well at least 158 games is far better to compose a sample size. I did notice that he has been an average defender for a while now, and I guess I should have mentioned it since being an average fielder is a huge improvement from where he was before. We’ll have to see if he can keep that up.

But do I like the signing? If he can stay healthy, I like the signing. If he can maintain his improved defense, it’s a bargain. Can he stay healthy? Very unlikely. Can he maintain his improved defense? 158-games only equates to one season, but it leaves room for some optimism. It’s a risk, but one that has a good chance to be a steal.

3 years 12 days ago

UZR is a great stat. Unfortunately UZR is not accurate until you have about 420 games of data.

His DRS ranks him 25th or 26th in MLB. Not good. Not even average.

Drew Tweedie
3 years 11 days ago

Is DRS park-neutral? Don’t wanna go too far out on a limb defending Quentin (especially when I opened with his defense as being “good” rather than “better than all of my expectations”), but I do feel he gets a bit of a bum rap.

3 years 12 days ago

Or play a full season without being hurt for 60-70 games.

asovermann
3 years 12 days ago

Why extend a 30 year old DH?

Padres4lif3
3 years 12 days ago

Great sign!Quentin is a gamer.Even if Quentin only plays 100-120games a year I still like this deal.Hes a good prescence in this lineup and a proven power hitter.Next year will be a little different knowing there will be an interleague series every series. So Quentin can be the DH to rest his knees or whatever on those days.Keep Deno as 4th OF!!!We need him for days that Quentin needs to rest.

vtadave
3 years 12 days ago

So $9 million a year and you’re hoping for 100-120 games? Wow…

Padres4lif3
3 years 12 days ago

I’m not saying I’m hoping for 100-120 games a year..I would hope for him to play atleast 130 games a year, but with recent injuries in the past that’s what you have to expect.

3 years 12 days ago

120 is a dream. 100 is at the top end. He hasnt played that more than 103 games in field since 2008.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 12 days ago

I bet he tops 130 in 2013

3 years 12 days ago

Why would you lock up a 30-year old who’s never played more than 131 games in a season? That’s not something that gets better in a guy’s 30s. I like most of what the Padres front office is doing, but I don’t buy this, and locking up Street wouldn’t be smart either.

Amish_willy
3 years 12 days ago

If he had a long history of playing 130-145 games a year I bet he’d be making a lot more than 9m/yr.

3 years 12 days ago

Yes, but that doesn’t mean he’s worth 9/year.

vtadave
3 years 12 days ago

You lock him up because he’s willing to sign a reasonable deal. Just go ahead and try to entice free agent sluggers to come to Petco on what the Padres can afford to pay. Not happening.

3 years 12 days ago

But it’s not a reasonable deal, because he’s so injury prone.

3 years 12 days ago

I think this is a bad, bad deal for the Padres. I doubt Carlos will hold up for even half the contract.

jondogg2010
3 years 12 days ago

People wonder why the Padres are a Long way from competing. Giving $30 MM to an oft-injured DH? That makes me shake my head so hard I need a doctor. Now, they are probably going to try to re-sign Street, who will presumably get $6 MM a year. Waste of money for both imo. Both are replacable with homegrown talent, and could be traded for more assets.

johnnycomelately9
3 years 12 days ago

Only thing you understand is YOU need a Dr. Quentin is a leader is goes a 100% all the time, that’s why he’s been injured so much. The padres are super young and have an extremely deep farm. Quentin is the guy that’s going to show them how to play by example. 9 mill for your middle of the order is cheap compared to other teams; but what mlbtraderumor posters can’t equate is the intangibles.

Robb Logan
3 years 12 days ago

Good for the Friars. With new ownership coming in and approving this deal it shows other potential FA’s on the market that the O’Malley family might finally spend a little to field a better team. I know old ownership is still in place but the new group did have some say in this deal I am sure. Regardless of the cash spent, age or any other factor, this is more about team commitment than anything else. Nice job San Diego.