Padres Rumors: What teams could want Carlos Quentin?
By James Clark
The Baltimore Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles are, and could be a likely landing spot for Carlos Quentin. The have yet to replace Nelson Cruz, who had an outstanding year last season for them. Replacing Cruz’s 40-homers will be no easy challenge, but a healthy Quentin would surely help solidify their lineup.
Steve Pearce is the current designated hitter for the Baltimore Orioles. Pearce hit .293 last year with 21 home runs, but at 31 years of age, he is NOT a blossoming young talent. The Orioles created a lot of excitement last year with their run into the playoffs. They need to do something.
They are the defending American League East Champions. In a division consisting the likes of, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, the Orioles were indeed surprise winners. This off-season, with rumors circling that their current G.M. Dan Duquete was about to be traded to the Toronto Blue Jays, they have essentially accomplished nothing.
That mess in the front office is said to be cleared up. Duquette is apparently staying with Baltimore, but the damage has already been done. Most key free agents have signed, and most teams looking to move reliable talent have done so. The San Diego Padres just happen to have a couple of Outfielders available for trade though.
The loss of crowd favorite and homegrown Oriole, Nick Markakis could prove to be huge. Combine that with loss of Nelson Cruz and the lack of offense is obviously there. They recently acquired Travis Snider from the Pittsburgh Pirates, but he is most likely not the long term solution.
The need is there for Baltimore, and I really believe a deal can be worked out eventually with them. Provided, again that Quentin does in fact have something left in the gas tank. I don’t think the Padres will be very picky. If the Padres can get a decent prospect in return, then stupendous, but its that salary they need out of town.