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Padres, Quentin nearing extension

Remember a couple days ago how I was wondering why the Padres would re-sign Carlos Quentin instead of dealing him? Well, it looks like the extension is happening, and CBS's Jon Heyman is reporting that the parameters are three years and $27 million, comparable to the deals signed by Michael Cuddyer (three years, $31.5 million), Josh Willingham (three years, $21 million), and Edwin Encarnacion (three years, $29 million).

Quentin isn't a massive game-changer in the grand scheme of things, and it's not as if he's raking (while others haven't) at Petco, with just three homers and a .719 OPS in 18 games at home this year. He's been a destroyer on the road this year though, inflating his overall stats to pretty damn good numbers. But for a Padres team that hasn't had a 20 homer outfielder since Mike Cameron in 2006 and 2007, the presence of Quentin at least fills a hole there.

The average value of $9 million a year represents a modest raise on the $7.05 million he's making this year, and he's being paid roughly like a two win player, a mark he's reached twice in his five full career seasons (and a third season will be coming this year). If he stays healthy, whatever…it's not an egregious deal. I just don't think signing 30-year old outfielders is necessarily a wise decision for the Padres.

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Joe Lucia

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Joe is the managing editor of The Outside Corner and an associate editor at Awful Announcing. He lives in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is smack dab in the middle of some of the best (and worst) sports fans in the country.

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