Padres and Carlos Quentin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.25 million contract

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Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said earlier this month that he acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox with the idea of eventually signing him to a contract extension. Those talks have apparently been tabled for now, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.025 million contract.

Quentin, 29, batted .254/.340/.499 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI and an .838 OPS over 483 plate appearances last season with the White Sox.

While Quentin can become a free agent following the 2012 season, it’s probably a good idea to see how his skills translate to the spacious PETCO Park before engaging in contract talks. In addition to concerns about his defense and a potential drop in power, the southern California native has struggled to stay healthy during his six years in the majors.