The San Diego Padres and outfielder Carlos Quentin have agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract that comes with a no-trade clause.
Under terms of the deal Quentin will receive $7,025,000 for the current season followed by$9.5 million for the next two seasons and then $8 million in 2015. The contract also comes equipped with a $10 million mutual option for 2016. Should Quentin start at least 320 games from 2013-2015 his contract includes a $3 million buyout.
After the announcement the All-Star outfielder told his fans:
“This is an amazing opportunity for me to stay and play in the city I grew up in. I believe in this organization and what they’re doing and I think they believe in me and I wanted to be a part of it.”
Quentin, 29, underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery during spring training and then missed the first 49 games of the season. After being activated from the disabled list on May 28 Carlos Quentin his five home runs in his first six games. In 40 games Quentin this season is batting .273 with nine homers and 22 RBIs.
The middle-of-the-order batter was acquired from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31.
Since beginning his career with Arizona in 2003 Quentin has been a .253 career hitter with 130 home runs and 405 RBIs over 656 games.
Speaking about the team’s decision Padres general manager Josh Byrnes proclaimed:
”The reasoning hasn’t changed a lot since the day we traded for him. ‘He’s a proven middle-of-the-order bat that we need. He brings an intensity, an edge, and a swagger to our team that we need.”