The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a minor league deal with veteran outfielder Carlos Quentin, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
As Heyman mentions, the 34-year-old will relieve a base salary of $750,000 if he does join the club's major league roster. That to be said, Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that he will not receive an invite to major league spring training, therefore, it was a depth transaction as he should receive several opportunities if the need is there.
Quentin will head down to the club's Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket where he can also serve as depth given the fact of which Bradford noted the team is currently lacking options, given the few options currently in-store such as Bryce Brentz, Rusney Castillo, Junior Lake and Brian Bogusevic. With this in mind, it could certainly serve as a chance for him to add significant time to his list as a way of getting himself back onto the field, as well as at the dish come 2017.
Quentin did not play in 2016, however, he did take part in club workouts during camp where he performed rather well while on a deal with the American League Central's Minnesota Twins.
Quentin previously spent three seasons at Petco Park with the San Diego Padres, where he started off struggling, however, over a short period of time was able to pick up some progress, all of this prior to nagging injuries, forcing him to put his nine-year career on hold.
Looking back on his tenure as a whole, Quentin began his tenure with the Chicago White Sox back in 2006 after having signed in July of that season. He had originally been drafted by the National League West's Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round (28th overall) of the 2003 amateur draft. Looking back on his most recent season in 2014, Quentin hit with a slash line of .177/.284/.315 to go alongside 4 home runs and 18 RBI's in a total of 50 games played.
While trying to bring himself to a full recovery, Quentin, a former two-time All-Star, did appear in the Mexican League where he hit with a .211 batting average to go alongside a .770 OPS in 21 games played. Quentin does appear to be healthy and on the right side of things for the time being as Bradford mentions that Red Sox scout Eddie Bane reported to the club that he has lost 40 pounds, one of what is hopefully many positives ahead in his final attempt for a comeback before officially calling it quits.