Carlos Quentin was traded from the White Sox to the Padres on December 31, but injured his knee during spring training and missed the first 49 games of the season following surgery. And now he’s making up for lost time and making one hell of a first impression in San Diego.
Quentin went 3-for-5 with two homers last night against the Giants, including a game-tying shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, and is now hitting .522 with five homers, four doubles, and a ridiculous 1.925 OPS in six games.
He has 26 plate appearances and has gotten on base in 15 of them, including nine extra-base hits. Quentin has a .577 on-base percentage and a 1.348 slugging percentage. Seriously, a 1.348 slugging percentage. That means he’s averaged 1.348 bases per at-bat. For six games.
Not only does he already rank second on the Padres in homers after one week in the lineup, his five long balls trail Chase Headley’s team-leading total by just two. Quentin has homered five times in 23 at-bats, while every other Padres hitter has combined for 24 homers in 1,806 at-bats.
The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.
Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.
Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.