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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