As we count down the last few days to non-waiver trade deadline, Carlos Quentin’s name has come up quite a bit as a desirable right-handed power bat amongst contenders, specifically Baltimore. However, each rumor has come with the caveat that Quentin has a no-trade clause and that Padres General Manager Josh Byrnes isn’t motivated to trade Quentin. Basically, Carlos Quentin isn’t going anywhere for awhile.
Fans wonder why Byrnes would be so loathe to trading the team’s highest paid player, who is not only injury prone but also under contract for 2 more seasons. Isn’t selling their highest paid players what bad teams do? Wouldn’t Quentin be better off as a DH for an AL team like the Orioles or perhaps the Rangers? Wouldn’t trading him be a win-win situation?
Here’s the problem: Josh Byrnes wants to field a winning team in 2014, and he thinks that Carlos Quentin, who is very good at baseball when healthy, can help him accomplish that.
Last season, Quentin played 86 games all year, wi...