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2013 Padres Season Review: Carlos Quentin

Carlos Quentin was putting together a respectable year in 2013 before a right knee injury caused him to miss the final two months of the season.  He batted .275 with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs in 82 games played.  Beginning in 2012, recurring injuries to the right knee have frustrated Quentin’s tenure with the Padres. The Padres are equipped to handle an occasional trip to the DL, but Quentin’s bat is sorely missed over an entire season.

Quentin is a big question mark for the Padres in 2014 along with Cameron Maybin, who missed most of the year due to injuries.  They could form an exciting outfield with Will Venable and Chris Denorfia platooning in right, but there is a huge downside because of injuries.  Venable and Denorfia proved to be fairly reliable replacements, but the recent talk regarding the potential acquisition of Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mark Trumbo suggests the front office believes more power is needed.  Trumbo can also move to first base, which frees up space for Venable and Denorfia in the outfield.

A healthy Carlos Quentin and a potential trade for Mark Trumbo would mean more home runs for the Friars in 2014, let’s hope that translates into more wins.

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  • ballybunion

    It sounds like you’ve already made the trade for Trumbo. He’s only a first baseman, not an outfielder, especially in Petco’s right field, despite the new fences. He’s also low average, low OBP, and strikes out a ton. We had a guy like him in Anthony Rizzo, an all-or-nothing swinger the Padres brass decided was unsuited for Petco. Alonso was on an 18 homer, 87 RBI pace when his hand was broken by a pitch, and he’s a potential .300 hitter – those guys can drive in runs as well as the .240 homer guys.

    I’d keep Alonso at first and hope Maybin and Quentin have more healthy seasons. We might see Maybin back on track after the wrist and knee surgery, and a Quentin/Medica platoon in left, while Venable and Denorfia go back to being the best RF platoon in MLB. There’s no need to give up pitching for Trumbo and displace Alonso.

    • Bernie D’Amato

      I enjoyed reading your analysis. I think we have a lot of potential in the outfield and at first base. However, we can get in trouble relying too much on potential. Trumbo would add an instant boost to the offense, but he is not the answer to all the problems.