MMO Mailbag: Can’t See Mets Making A Serious Bid For Quentin

An article by posted on July 13, 2012

I received a couple of emails last week… Better late than never…

Ryan writes:

Can you please address the abysmal OBP’s of Daniel Murphy and Josh Thole? It is the only reason they are on the team. Do you also find Mike Nickeas’ presence to be insulting to the other players on the team? Awesome site

Daniel MurphyI don’t have a problem with Daniel Murphy, and if I were going to complain about anyone’s OBP it would be Andres Torres who continues bat leadoff when he’s in the lineup.

OBP isn’t the end-all/be-all some make it out to be.

Scott Hairston has one of the worst OBPs on the team and I couldn’t really care less. He leads the team in homeruns and has a .524 slugging percentage and that’s good enough for me.

As for Nickeas, that’s a silly question. We can certainly use an upgrade, but I can assure you his teammates stand behind him and support him as well they should.

Sane Mets Fan writes:

So this is a question for Joe D. Carlos Quentin has come back from injury on fire. Common thought seems to be that San Diego is almost certainly trading him before the deadline. If I’m the Mets I see a 29 year old corner outfielder who can be in the heart of the order for the next few years. First, do you think the Mets could swing a deal that would make sense for both now and the future (not needing to trade a Harvey, Wheeler, Mejia type)? Second, would the Mets be in a position to offer him a contract to keep him in Flushing? I obviously wouldn’t sign up for a rental at this point.

The problem with Carlos Quentin is that he spends far too much time on the DL and not enough time on the active roster. In eight years he has yet to have 500 at-bats in a season. That said, I love his power and we can certainly use his right-handed bat in our lineup.

The dilemma for the Mets if they were to acquire him is where do you play him and what do you do with Bay?

The other thing is what do you give up to get him?

Despite the injury history, his production when healthy isn’t going to come cheap. Do you give up a guy like Jeurys Famila and a Matt den Dekker? Do you give up Lucas Duda who probably becomes a platoon player if he were to remain anyway?

The Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians are very interested in the Padres outfielder according to Jon Heyman and you can expect more teams to emerge as the trade deadline nears. So even if the Mets had interest, there would be plenty of competition for his services which means his price could be too rich for the Mets’ taste.

The Mets currently have too many questionable players logging time in their outfield configuration. Andres Torres would probably be on most team’s benches or on tap in the minors if not for the Mets. Kirk Nieuwenhuis has lost some of his shine and is piling up strikeouts at record levels. Jason Bay is always either hurt or unproductive. Lucas Duda is best served playing DH in the American League. In the minors, Matt den Dekker has slumped badly since his promotion to Buffalo and the last time I checked he was barely batting over .200.

The Mets could certainly use a solid bat like Quentin’s, but I’m not sure they want to pay the price.

Then there’s the question of signing him to an extension because he is a free agent at the end of this season. If he elects to walk, that means the Mets get nothing in the way of compensation in next year’s draft.

Considering all of that, I don’t see the Mets making any serious attempt at acquiring him.

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