One of the top available bats is now off the market.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin — who had been drawing trade interest from a number of teams — agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract extension on Sunday morning with San Diego. The deal could carry a total value of $30 million if the 29-year-old slugger is able to climb his way to certain statistical plateaus.
Quentin is batting .273/.389/.525 with nine home runs, eight doubles and 22 RBI through 167 plate appearances this season. The fourth-place Friars will attempt to build an offense around him in the coming years. They do have an incredible amount of depth and promise in their minor league system.
Heyman suspects that the Padres will also try to lock up closer Huston Street instead of trading him.
Bryce Harper has, in recent years, declined participation in the Home Run Derby, with his last go at it coming in 2013, losing to Yoenis Cespedes in the final round. With the All-Star Game taking place at Nationals Park in Washington, however, he has changed his mind, saying today that he will compete if he is selected for the All-Star team.
Harper is currently second in voting among National League outfielders, so he stands a pretty good chance of making it. Even if he falls off in the voting, you have to assume that the powers that be will nudge NL manager A.J. Hinch to select Harper as a reserve, partially because of his actual power — he does have 19 homers so far this year — but mostly for his star power.
Simply put, you know dang well that both Major League Baseball and the Nationals want a home town guy with big time star power in the Derby, even if he’s not having as good a year as he’s capable of. As such, figure to see Harper hitting long balls in D.C. on July 16.