Last offseason the Padres just had too many mediocre outfielders. GM A.J. Preller had acquired Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp, which little room on the roster for the sulking hulk Carlos Quentin. Besides, Quentin's legs have all the load bearing ability of a pair of Pixy Stix. Since being acquired by the Padres in 2012 he has played in 86, 82 and 50 games. He's not an everyday player, but GMs can convince themselves that if they roll the dice on him they could get a full slugging season of baseball out of him.
A.J. Preller included Carlos Quentin in the Melvin Upton Jr. (Craig Kimbrel) deal to the Atlanta Braves. The Braves immediately released him upon delivery. Not long after, Quentin signed a minor league deal with the Seattle Mariners. After a few days he decided he didn't want to be riding buses all over the Pacific Northwest waiting for another shot. He announced his retirement, but as we found out today, he never actually filed papers, which sets up his grand comeback attempt.
"He's been working at first base and he's got himself in position where he thinks he can play first base and outfield, and also DH," agent Brodie Van Wagenen said.
The line has now been baited, all Quentin has to do now is wait for the phone to ring.