Jun 30, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielderCarlos Quentin
(18) walks out to left field during the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
There have not been a lot of rumors about specific teams that are wishing to acquire the frequently-injured left fielder, but Heyman reported in June that Quentin would be open to waiving his full no-trade clause. That’s a huge hurdle to overcome, due to the fact there are only 15 teams who will even think about trading for him. Because of his constant health problems, it’s clear that Quentin will need to be a designated hitter somewhere, but his big contract and lengthy time on the disabled list in his time with the Padres will surely detract suitors. Two teams that come to mind with Quentin are the Texas Rangers and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rangers are buried deep in the A.L. West, but Quentin’s bat combined with the band box in Arlington could be a nice combo. The Rays on the other hand are catching fire, winning 10 of their last 12, and we have seen their front office and Joe Maddon turn trash into treasure. San Diego will most likely have to eat some of Quentin’s contract, and will not receive too much in return, but it’s time to cut ties.