Red Sox Sign Former All-Star to Minor League Deal
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting the Red Sox have signed two-time all-star Carlos Quentin to a minor league contract. Further details have not been made available. Quentin last played in 2014 with the San Diego Padres.
Quentin, 35, will be attempting a comeback to the major leagues. He batted .177 in 50 games with the Padres, and is a lifetime .252 hitter with flashes of power in his stride.
Quentin was at his best during his four years with the Chicago White Sox from 2008 to 2011, where he hit over 24 home runs during each of those years, earning him both of the all-star nods in his career. After an offseason trade to San Diego, his play deteriorated over the next three seasons, as he struggled to stay healthy for the team. He has not played since.
Quentin worked to keep his baseball prospects alive over the last two seasons, managing to play in a mere total 26 games in the Mexican league.
The Red Sox have solid outfield depth on the major league level for 2017. Quentin would be looking to compete for at-bats for a team within the system with much less depth, possibly him to be a big bat off the bench for the big club later in the season.
The Red Sox play their first spring training game Feb. 23 against Northeastern University.