There will be one less name available at the trade deadline this year. The Padres announced on Sunday that they have resigned outfielder Carlos Quentin to a new three-year deal that will keep Quentin in San Diego through the 2015 season. The deal contains a mutual option for the 2016 season.
According to Corey Brock, Quentin will make $9.5 million in both 2013 and 2014, and $8 million in 2015. If the option for 2016 is picked up, Quentin will make $10 million. The deal also contains incentives, and Quentin could make $40 million over four years.
The deal shows a huge commitment from the new ownership, and the Quentin signing should get Padre fans excited. To me, it shows that the front office is willing to spend a little money to keep an impact bat in the lineup. The deal also includes a full no-trade clause.
For the year, Quentin has a triple slash line of .273/.389/.525, with 9 home runs and 22 RBI’s. Quentin was set to become a free agent after the 2012 season.
The Padres are also exploring a contract extension with closer Huston Street. There have been no reports as to dollar amounts exchanged, but one rumor has the Padres picking up Street’s 2013 option of $9 million.