Mets interested in Carlos Quentin

In a post to Twitter, Mike Silva says the Mets have scouts following Padres OF Carlos Quentin.

Silva says the Padres want “a couple of prospects back,” one of which is Michael Fulmer.

Fulmer, the 44th overall pick in the 2011 first-year player draft, is 5-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 14 starts with Single-A Savannah this season. He has walked 25 while striking out 62 in 70 innings this season.

Quentin, 29, has hit .273 with a .403 OBP, seven home runs and 17 RBI in 110 at-bats over 32 games this season. He missed the first two months of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Quentin was acquired by the Padres from the White Sox during the off-season, and signed a one-year, $7.025 million contract to avoid arbitration. He can become a free-agent this winter.

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Brian Erni: The idea of adding a bat like Quentin’s is certainly enticing, but it doesn’t come without risk. Quentin missed the Padres’ first 49 games of the season after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to repair a torn meniscus and remove loose cartilage. Quentin spent 2008-’11 with the White Sox, where his knees could be given a rest every few days by using him as the designated hitter, so it’s worth asking how long he could hold up as an every day player. That said, Quentin has hammered the ball since returning, hitting seven home runs in 32 games. He served as the Padres’ DH during interleague play in five of those 32 appearances.

As long as the Mets are attached to players like Quentin, who could take the starting left field job and run with it, the elephant in the room is Jason Bay and the remaining salary the Mets have left on his contract. Could the Mets cut ties with Bay and eat the rest of the money due to him? Or reduce his role to a two-to-three-start-per-week player? Absolutely, but I do think they’ll give Bay one more chance to see how he performs when he’s activated from the disabled list. It won’t be a long leash, but I think the Mets would give him one final look before they move on a bat like Quentin.