San Diego Padres: Why They Should Consider Holding on to Carlos Quentin

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJuly 5, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - JUNE 5:  Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres is met by 3rd base coach Glenn Hoffman after his solo homerun during their MLB Baseball Game on June 5, 2012 at Petco Park in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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With the San Diego Padres currently sitting at 33-50, it's safe to assume they will be sellers as the trading deadline approaches.

While I have no problem seeing guys like Cameron Maybin or Chase Headley leave town, I think it would be wise for the team to hang on to Carlos Quentin.

Sure, San Diego could trade Quentin to a contending team that needs a power bat in the middle of its lineup, but that really doesn't benefit the Padres.

Bleacher Report MLB featured columnist Robert Knapel ranks the Padres as the No. 4 farm system in the league. With so many young guys on the major league roster and prospects who should be getting called up before the end of next year, Quentin can provide quality leadership in a clubhouse that is very young.

Not to mention, he has a power pat for the middle of the lineup.

Right now, the Padres roster consists of six players who have more big league experience than Quentin, with only two being position players (Mark Kotsay and Chris Denorfia). And those two guys wouldn't exactly be considered leaders in the clubhouse.

But Quentin is.

Leadership is everything in a clubhouse. For a team that is full of young players, having a player of Quentin's caliber to be a leader and show them the ropes could prove to be advantageous next year and beyond.

As Padres fans, there have definitely been some frustrations with the way the team has played over the last few years, and it looked like things weren't going to get any better any time soon.

Then, Mat Latos was traded to Cincinnati, with a few good prospects coming back in return, immediately giving the Padres a top-five farm system.

Now, the future looks even brighter for the Padres with a lot of youngsters coming up soon. But they need a leader in the same way Chipper Jones led the Braves in 2005 during the "Baby Braves" era.

Quentin can be that leader for the Padres.

All the team has to do is not trade him and give him a multi-year deal to ensure he's in San Diego for many years to come.

If nothing else, he went to high school right down the street at University High School. Keeping him at home will not only keep him close to his family, but also make many fans happy to see a local kid playing for the big club.