Quentin, 33, didn’t play in the Majors this season, even though his three-year contract with the Padres ran through the end of the 2015 campaign. San Diego traded to Atlanta alongside Cameron Maybin and Matt Wisler in the April blockbuster that sent Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton to the Padres. Quentin, though, was primarily included in the deal to help offset some of the salary the Padres were accumulating. He was designated for assignment and subsequently released shortly after being acquired. Quentin signed a minor league deal with the Mariners following his Atlanta release and played in five Triple-A games with their top affiliate before deciding he would retire.
Perhaps the six months of rest have helped to rejuvenate the oft-injured Quentin, whose once promising career was plagued by a series of knee, wrist and shoulder issues. Quentin batted a mere .177/.284/.315 in his final season with the Padres (2014), but from 2009-13, he was a well-above-average bat when healthy enough to take the field. Quentin hit .252/.346/.485 and averaged 32 homers per 162 games in that time, with his park-adjusted offense coming in 23 percent better than a league-average hitter.
Quentin would almost certainly be looking at a minor league contract if he were to sign with a big league club this offseason. Agent Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA Sports tells Heyman that his client has been working out at first base and feels he can help teams there, as well as in the outfield and at designated hitter. As such, an American League club in need of right-handed pop makes the most sense when speculating on possible fits.