Carlos Quentin looks to be one of the most coveted commodities this trade-deadline season, as recent reports have pegged up to eight teams with interest in trading for the San Diego Padres outfielder.
The latest report comes from CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, who puts three teams in the definitive chase — the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians. Radio personality Mike Silva reported on Twitter Sunday that the Mets also had interest in Quentin and were scouting him. Heyman adds that the Miami Marlins have also been involved, but their interest might be waning after acquiring the Houston Astros’ Carlos Lee.
Finally, the Toronto Blue Jays and Detroit Tigers could also get involved, but Heyman suspects they will focus on other areas for now.
The Tigers and Blue Jays were originally seen as teams that might make a run at Quentin, but Delmon Young is starting to hit better for the Tigers, who seem more interested in a starting pitcher (Matt Garza?) and an infielder (Marco Scutaro?), while the Jays are more likely to trade a hitter or acquire a pitcher, depending on whether they are a buyer or seller.
The 29-year-old Quentin is batting .268 this season with a .924 OPS in 33 games with the Padres. He has seven homers and 17 RBI. A San Diego native, Quentin will be a free agent after the season, and the Padres would reportedly like a shot to sign him to a long-term deal. But with their ownership situation still unresolved, they would not yet be able to commit to a long-term, big-money deal.