As passed along by Aaron Gleeman at Hardball Talk, the Padres appear to be interested in signing Carlos Quentin to a contract extension before he hits free agency after the 2012 season.
Why, though, the Padres would want to sign Quentin to an extension is a little curious. Half of his four seasons with the White Sox saw Quentin be worth at or below replacement value (per FanGraphs' WAR) due to his propensity to get hurt and poor defense. Playing the outfield in a stadium as spacious as Petco Park probably won't help Quentin's defensive value, and his offensive numbers may take a hit playing half his games there as well.
That being said, Quentin will come to San Diego with good offensive numbers built up with the White Sox. He hit 107 homers and posted an OPS above .800 in three of the last four seasons -- not great, but well above average. His value, most likely, would be based on his time with the White Sox, not the Padres.
So, in short, signing Quentin to a contract extension would be fairly risky for San Diego -- at least, until they find out exactly what they have.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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