The New York Yankees do not believe San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin fits them, reports Jon Heymanof CBSSports.com. Quentin has recently been tied to the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers.
#yankees dont believe quentin fits them, as theyd seek a speedier gardner replacement if hes out. others love carlos tho.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) June 14, 2012
Heyman adds that if the Yankees were to seek a replacement for injured outfielder Brett Gardner, they would look to acquire a speedier player. Heyman does note that other teams love Quentin.
Buster Olney of ESPN reported yesterday that the Padres would like to throw an offer at Quentin, who’s eligible to hit the free agent market this winter, sometime this summer. However, many executives have told Olney they strongly believe Quentin will be traded.
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes has said that he’s definitely open to the idea of keeping Quentin around beyond this season. Still, the 29-year-old slugger has been tied to the Blue Jays and Tigers recently and many teams are expected to be interested in him if he becomes available.
Over his 13 games since being activated from the disabled list, Quentin has posted a line of .405/.528/.857 with five home runs, four doubles and 10 RBIs.
While the Yankees offense has been one of the best in the league this season, they’ve received limited production from their corner outfielders. This is especially true in left field, a position that has only combined to hit at a clip of .204/.284/.351.