Almost every contender in the MLB will be looking to improve their offense before the trade deadline, and San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin could be the perfect solution.
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, if the Padres continue to struggle this season, contending teams will be calling about the left fielder this summer.
The 29-year-old Quentin has just 12 at-bats this season after spending two months rehabbing his knee after arthroscopic surgery. In those 12 at-bats, Quentin has already collected seven hits and three home runs.
If he can continue to show that he is healthy, his career batting line of .254/.347/.496 would certainly be attractive to several teams fighting for a playoff spot.
Here are five teams that could make a deal for Quentin this summer.
The Baltimore Orioles are currently leading the talent-laden AL East. However, they will have to continue to play at a high level in order to stay on top of the other AL East teams.
One position they could really use some help at is left field. The current starter in left field for the Orioles is Endy Chavez. So far this season, Chavez has batted .123 with one RBI and an OBP of .162.
Quentin would be a major upgrade in the Baltimore outfield and would go a long way toward helping the Orioles shock the baseball world and win the AL East.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a fast start in the 2012 season mostly thanks to the blistering start of outfielder Matt Kemp. Unfortunately for Dodgers fans, Kemp has been battling a strained hamstring and was once again place on the disabled list.
The Dodgers are looking for outfield help and Quentin would certainly be a good fit. While he would not be able to replace the presence of Kemp in the lineup, he would help contribute to the Dodgers' offensive output.
The Cleveland Indians are another surprise team near the top of their division. They have used a combination of good pitching and timely hitting to win games. However, the production they are receiving from their left fielders is appalling.
Collectively, Indians left fielders have hit .194 with five home runs and 18 RBI so far this season. Needless to say, almost anything would be an upgrade over those numbers. The signing of Johnny Damon has not paid off so far.
If the Tribe wants to be contending for the AL Central crown at the end of the season, adding Quentin would be a big help.
Which team is most likely to trade for Carlos Quentin?
Without Ryan Howard and Chase Utley, the Phillies should be on the lookout for offensive help wherever they can get it. That is especially true with the loss of Roy Halladay for an extended amount of time.
The Phillies are currently starting Juan Pierre in left field. While he is hitting an impressive .324 with 11 RBI, he also does not have one home run this season and has never really hit for power in his career.
The addition of Quentin in the outfield would give the Phillies another formidable presence in their lineup.
Los Angeles Angels
With the early-season struggles of Albert Pujols and the offensive prowess of the division rival Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels could use all the offensive help that they can get. They recently lost outfielder Vernon Wells to the disabled list and are struggling to score runs.
With the ability to DH as well as play left field, Quentin would be a good fit for the Angels. He could go a long way toward helping the Angels gain ground on the Rangers in the AL West or winning one of the two wild card spots that are available this season.