Carlos Quentin LF SEA 4 months ago

Quentin officially announced his retirement Friday, MLB.com reports.

"Over the past several days, it became clear to me that my injuries have taken too great of a physical toll for me to be able to perform at the level I expect from myself," Quentin said in a press release. Knee issues plagued the final couple years of Quentin's career, limiting him to 82 games in 2013 and 50 in 2014. The two-time All-Star, who compiled a .252/.347/.484 batting line with 154 home runs in 834 games, will be released from his minor league deal with Seattle.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 4 months ago

Quentin is in the process of retiring, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

It was a brutally quick fall-off for Quentin, who went from an .855 OPS in 2013 to .599 in 2014 (and both seasons injury-shortened). There clearly wasn't a market for corner outfielders that would have trouble cracking the Mendoza line and reaching even a below-average level on defense, so the 32-year-old could be calling it a career.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 4 months ago

Quentin agreed to a minor league contract with the Mariners on Wednesday, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.

The 32-year-old will report to Triple-A Tacoma after being officially released by the Braves last week. Atlanta designated Quentin for assignment on Opening Day after acquiring him from San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade. Quentin posted just a .599 OPS last season and comes with a ton of injury risk, but it's possible he could eventually push for a part-time role at first base with the big club.

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Quentin has been officially released by the Braves.

This was inevitable after he was shipped from San Diego in the Craig Kimbrel trade, as a player like Quentin not only doesn't fit in the National League, but he also makes little sense for a rebuilding team like the Braves. Look for an American League team in need of a right-handed power bat to come calling in the coming days. If he can find his way to a situation where he can play on a semi-regular basis at DH, Quentin would be worth a flier in deeper mixed leagues. Those in AL-only leagues should consider grabbing Quentin now, as there is legitimate 20-homer upside in his bat if he's in the right situation.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

The Braves will designate Quentin for assignment, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

According to Bowman, the team will attempt to trade Quentin to an American League club. It's expected that the Braves will have to eat the $11 million in salary that Quentin is owed for the upcoming season.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

Quentin might get designated for assignment by the Braves before reporting to Atlanta, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

The Padres had been unsuccessfully peddling Quentin before this monster deal, so the swaps of him and Melvin Upton Jr. strike as exchanges of bad contracts. He really needs to land back in the AL so that DH can become an option.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

Quentin has been traded to the Braves, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Quentin was involved in a deal that also sent Cameron Maybin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Paroubeck, and the 41st pick in the draft to the Braves in return for Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton. With the outfield already set, San Diego had been looking to deal Quentin throughout the spring.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

Quentin appeared in a minor league game at first base Tuesday, theUnion-Tribune reports.

Quentin has seen time at first base for the first time in his career this spring as a way of upping his chances at making the Opening Day roster, which is already loaded in the outfield. The influx of outfield talent leaves Quentin on the fringe of making the 25-man roster. According to the Union-Tribune's report, San Diego's efforts to find an American League trade partner for Quentin have been unsuccessful to this point. The Padres have until Sunday to either move Quentin, release him, or keep him.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

Quentin started at first base on Saturday against Arizona and went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Saturday marked Quentin's first career start at first base, a position he has been working at in camp this year. Manager Bud Black has given positive reveiws of Quentin's adjustment to the position, saying, "He's acclimated himself very quickly. He's feeling more comfortable, getting a lot of reps in practice," Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. Black did qualify things by saying that they will have to see how things play out moving forward, however. It looks like Quentin's play has upped his chances at making an opening day roster, with the possibility of a trade factoring into the situation.

Carlos Quentin LF SEA 5 months ago

Quentin is sporting a .261/.320/.478 slash line with a home run and three RBI through 23 at-bats this spring and has seen time in the outfield and first base.

The project of having Quentin play first may have some traction to it with Bud Black saying that "it's an option moving forward," after Quentin's start at first base last weekend. The Padres have plenty of right-handed power in their current outfield, but Quentin could add some much-needed power from the infield. Quentin is also healthy this spring after failing to appear in 100 games in any of his first three seasons with the Padres.