The Los Angeles Dodgers have been hit with a combination of injuries and replacement level players this season, and the worst came during their seven game losing streak, the tail end of which marked a 1-11 record in their past 12 games before their win against New York on Sunday Night in front of a national audience. After the All Star Break, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier should be back, and there's no doubt they need more bats to add to their incredibly "meh" lineup.
Enter, Carlos Quentin. He's providing a small sample size worth taking a shot over thus far at .311/.441/.622, with 7 HR, a .450 wOBA, and is currently measured at 1.9 fWAR in just 27 G and 111 PA. While the numbers suggest he may be better in low leverage situations, and without men on base, one would think that these numbers will average themselves out, and could probably happen under the Magic Johnson watch if LA were to acquire him sooner rather than later.
At a $7.025MM contract for 2012, Quentin is certainly affordable to the Dodgers, and the Padres would likely be looking for a pretty good prospect in return. I would imagine the Dodgers would balk at the idea of sending Zach Lee to San Diego for Quentin, but "settling" on sinkerballer Allen Webster (currently in AA Chattanooga), and perhaps an org guy or cash to complete the deal.
With a heart of the order of Ethier, Kemp, and Quentin being be a step up towards helping Kershaw and company, I believe Ned Coletti and company should be willing to take that kind of risk on Quentin despite having Abreu and Rivera also on hand, but they could be great bench players. On the San Diego side, adding Webster to an already highly touted farm system like the Padres would only make them more intriguing going forward, making this trade what I believe to be a win-win for both sides.