Trade scenarios for Carlos Quentin

Updated: June 6, 2012, 10:51 AM ET
By Buster Olney

The San Diego Padres could always try to sign Carlos Quentin for themselves, and that would make some sense, because San Diego is an organization housed in a big ballpark, starved for power.

But in the next 56 days, Quentin could become the most sought-after hitter in the trade market. General managers have gone through rosters and have had early conversations with other teams, and they say that, generally, they don't expect a lot of front-line hitters to be available.

Quentin could be; he is capable of carrying a team for a month with his power, which can translate in any ballpark. Since being activated off the disabled list, he has been crushing the ball, generating four doubles and five homers in six games, with 12 hits in 23 at-bats for an OPS of 1.925. He had two homers Tuesday night as the Padres came back to beat the San Francisco Giants.

Last year, the best available hitter was Carlos Beltran, and in return for the veteran outfielder, the New York Mets got top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler from the Giants. If the Padres choose to trade Quentin, they will probably be in a similar position to take advantage of what would be a seller's market for the slugger.

The enthusiasm of other teams will be mitigated by Quentin's daunting injury history. But he would theoretically fit well in the lineups of a lot of contenders. Let's speculate (and at this point, that's all this is):