Inking Quentin to contract extension is an encouraging sign that Padres mean business

Posted: 07/22/2012 in baseball
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The San Diego Padres actually spent some money on Sunday and the investment represents a stellar decision by the often-frugal organization.

Outfielder Carlos Quentin was inked to a three-year, $27 million extension through the 2015 season in what is a huge sign that the pending new ownership group might put winning higher on the list than saving money.

This isn’t a Jake Peavy situation in which the Padres fork out a contract and then move the player before the big money comes due. Nope, Quentin received a no-trade clause and he isn’t interested in being shipped elsewhere.

The San Diego native – he attended University of San Diego High – wants to play in his hometown and told reporters that it is an “amazing opportunity for me to stay in the city I grew up in.”

Quentin has topped 20 homers in each of the past four seasons and has a solid chance of getting there again this year despite missing the first two months of the season after knee surgery.

He has nine homers since coming off the disabled list and gives the Padres a well-feared power bat in the middle of the order. The two-time All-Star turns 30 in August and should continue to be a solid run-producer into the latter stages of the decade.

Quentin was acquired in the offseason from the Chicago White Sox for two minor leaguers in an excellent acquisition by general manager Josh Byrnes.

San Diego is 7-2 over its last nine games and playing its best baseball of the season. The Padres also are reportedly negotiating with the agent of Huston Street in hopes of locking up the services of the All-Star closer, who is 16-for-16 in save opportunities while replacing former All-Star Heath Bell.

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