Quentin happy to be home in San Diego
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Carlos Quentin enjoys his offseason workouts in San Diego. Now he hopes to carry that feeling over to the regular season.
A former prep star at University of San Diego High, Quentin was traded to the Padres from the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 31 for two minor league pitchers. A two-time All-Star, Quentin hit .254 with 24 homers and 77 RBIs in 118 games for the White Sox last season.
"It's good to be home with my friends and my family,'' Quentin said. "I have great offseasons in San Diego and really enjoy my time there. I'm hoping to blend that in to my inseason. I think that's always been an ultimate goal of mine and I think it's going to give me the environment to do well.''
The Padres hope Quentin can add punch to their limp offense.
Last year, the Padres scored fewer than 600 runs for the first time in a full season since 1988 as they struggled to replace slugger Adrian Gonzalez, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.
Padres manager Bud Black said he already has Quentin penciled into the cleanup spot in the lineup based on his past performance. Quentin has hit 107 home runs over the last four seasons and Black would like the slugger to anchor his team's lineup.
"It's nice to have those names, based on their track record, based on what they have done in their career, to pencil them right in to a certain spot,'' said Black, who used 140 different lineups in 2011. "You don't move them. Those guys are staying there.''
Black used 140 different lineups during a 2011 campaign in which the Padres finished 71-91 and in last place in the National League West. But the Padres have added Quentin and top prospect Yonder Alonso, who was acquired in a five-player deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Dec. 17 for Mat Latos, with hopes of boosting their production. Quentin said he thinks the Padres have more potential than most people give them credit for.
"Everyone has a sense we have a high ceiling,'' Quentin said. "I think we're all excited to getting on that road to reaching that potential. It's been positive.''