As we attempt to ignore another miserable Mets loss, their fifth straight, that featured yet another David Wright error that led to the only two runs in a 2-0 loss, let’s contemplate a 2012 outfield that features slugger Carlos Quentin.
In an online chat with fans on ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday, White Sox beat writer Doug Padilla said, “the odds of Quentin being moved are very high.” He would fit quite nicely in the Mets outfield.
Quentin would play left field and Jason Bay would slide to center, signaling the end of Angel Pagan’s Mets career. As far as money, Quentin is making $5 million this year, so he will likely command around $7 million in his final year of arbitration. Pagan is making $3.5 million, which means he’ll likely get $5 million for 2012. For $2 million more, Quentin is a much better option than Pagan.
Quentin had a breakout season in 2008 with 36 home runs and 100 RBIs and was on his way to a possible MVP award when he missed the last month of the season with an injury. He regressed a bit in 2009 and 2010, but still had 21 and 26 homers, respectively. This season he has 24 home runs and 77 RBIs — more than any other Met by far.
The negatives are that Quentin does have some trouble staying healthy, and he didn’t do much in parts of two seasons with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the Sox. What happens when he gets back to the National League?
Quentin is a former first-round draft pick and is just 29 years old. Do the Mets have enough to get him if indeed the White Sox will be looking to trade him this off season? Stay tuned.