Carlos Quentin could be the star hitter of the trade market this year, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, but the San Diego Padres haven’t entirely given up on the idea of signing the 29-year-old to an extension. Also, the recently activated Huston Street is glad to be back with the Padres, but he also understands that he might not stay long with the July 31 non-waiver deadline right around the corner, reports Dan Hayes of the North County Times.
Yesterday Buster Olney reported that Quentin could wind up being the most sought-after hitter on the trade market this summer. While Heyman doesn’t dispute this fact, he does add that the Padres haven’t given up on the idea of signing Quentin to a contract extension.
Heyman notes that the fact that the Padres are a low-revenue team and their unsettled ownership situation could diminish their chances of retaining Quentin. Olney speculated that the Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins could all be interested in Quentin if he is made available.
Over his seven games with the Padres since being activated from the disabled list, Quentin has posted an OPS of 1.719 with five home runs, four double and nine RBIs.
Street was activated from the Padres disabled list this weekend after spending nearly a month on the shelf due to a strained lat muscle. While Street told Hayes that he doesn’t want to consider it, he understands that the reality is that he’s "one of those guys" that the Padres could trade this summer.
In his first year with the Padres, Street has posted an impressive 0.84 ERA and 0.750 WHIP over his 11 appearances spanning 10 2/3 innings. Street has compiled four saves with 11.8 SO/9 and 2.5 BB/9.