Well, well, well, look what we have here: another outfielder in the mix. Earlier this week, the Twins said that Miguel Sano had only lost five pounds during his quest to lose weight this winter. It seemed liked the Twins had things pretty settled in the outfield with several players competing for the remaining two slots. Either the Twins are having second thoughts and are veering away from making Sano transition to the outfield or they just want even more competition between the fielders. This signing confirms that the Twins outfield is still very much in flex mode.
On February 2, the Twins signed two-time All-Star Carlos Quentin to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Quentin, who is 33, is a nine-year veteran in the Majors. After being traded from Arizona after the 2007 season, Quentin had his four best years with the White Sox. With Chicago, he had an average of .257, 107 home runs, 320 RBIs, and a .505 slugging percentage. Leaving the South Side for San Diego after being traded once more on the last day of 2011, Quentin’s career went downhill. While with the Padres from 2012-2014, Quentin had a .251 batting average with 33 dingers and 108 RBIs.
After the 2014 season, Quentin just played in five Minor League games for Seattle before he announced his retirement in May. It seems that Quentin’s value went down due to his injuries and performance. He missed half a season in both 2012 and 2013 while recovering from a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery. While he initially retired because he felt that his injuries prevented him from performing at 100%, at some point this off-season, he declared himself healthy and wanted to give it another shot. If Quentin makes the Twins big league club out of Spring Training, he will earn $750,000 this season.
Even though this seems to be an out-of-the-blue signing, Quentin could really help the Twins’ youngsters, plus the club is still looking for a fourth outfielder to replace the departed Jordan Schafer. We will know soon enough what the Twins are planning. And here’s to Quentin regaining his all-star stroke to help the Twins in 2016!
Written by: Michael L. Sack