Carlos Quentin Re-Signing Best Thing for San Diego Padres

Chris StephensCorrespondent IIJuly 29, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22:  Carlos Quentin #18 of the San Diego Padres bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on July 22, 2012 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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There comes a point when teams stop building their farm system and start building their MLB team.

For the Padres, re-signing outfielder Carlos Quentin to a three-year, $27 million extension was the best thing the team could do to achieve that.

Over the last few years, the Padres haven't exactly done well on the field, but they have been building up their farm system.

Now, with the re-signing of Quentin, the team has shown that they are ready to start building their MLB team.

And, with many of the pieces in place, what's the best place to do that? Signing a veteran presence to lead the young team.

The Padres' current makeup doesn't include very many veterans outside of pitchers Jason Marquis and Huston Street.

On the offensive side, Will Venable has the same amount of experience, but he doesn't have the offensive ability that Quentin does, nor does he have the leadership ability.

A leader on the team not only speaks up in the clubhouse, but they get the job done on the field.

Look at Chipper Jones with the Braves and Derek Jeter with the Yankees. Those guys have continually gotten it done in both aspects over the last decade.

While Quentin hasn't gotten it done on the same level as Jones and Jeter, he could be that guy for the Padres.

Think about it, he's a hometown guy, and someone that can hit for a little bit of power. Add in the leadership ability and you get exactly what the Padres need.

By the time the 2013 and 2014 seasons roll around, the Padres will have guys like Casey Kelly, Cory Spangenberg, Rymer Liriano, Jedd Gyorko and Robbie Erlin join the likes of Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal, who are already on the big-league roster.

That group provides a good, young core for the Padres, and they need a leader.

I think Quentin is that guy.

And, that's why I feel the Quentin re-signing was the best thing the Padres could do.