Padres Editorial: Five Padres Who Need A Good Spring Training
By Jason Evans
OF- Carlos Quentin
The 32-year old outfielder has yet to play in more than 86 games in a season since coming to the Padres back in 2012. You can see why the Padres had to import an entirely new starting outfield. Quentin’s got one year and $8 million coming to him this year. That’s mighty expensive for a bench player, especially when you are in the NL and can’t exactly DH him.
Quentin has to come out in Spring Training and show he can hit. If he does, A.J. Preller can ship him off to a team that is looking for some right-handed pop. A team like the Minnesota Twins or Cleveland Indians come to mind, especially since Quentin can DH for them.
Quentin had a really awful year last year, posting a .177/.284/.315 with four homers and 18 RBI in just 50 games due to various ailments including a knee injury that led to him being shut down.
Quentin has to show he can be healthy in order not only for the Padres, but for him to improve his career as well.