Twins sign slugger Quentin to minor-league deal

BY foxsports • February 2, 2016

The Minnesota Twins are taking a low-risk chance that Carlos Quentin is healthy, signing the outfielder to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Quentin would have a salary of $750,000 if he is added to the 40-man roster.

Quentin was once one of the premier power hitters in the game, but knee injuries took their toll on him. Quentin has a lifetime .484 slugging percentage, but hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 50 games for San Diego in 2014, batting just .177 with a .284 on-base percentage and .315 slugging percentage.

Last year, Quentin played in five games for Seattle's Triple-A team in Tacoma with just three hits in 17 at-bats. His only extra-base hit was a double.

Quentin's best years came with the Chicago White Sox. In 2008, he played in 130 games and smashed 36 home runs and drove in 100 runs with a slash line of 288/394/571. He hit at least 21 home runs in each of the next three seasons for the White Sox before being traded to San Diego.

In his first two seasons with the Padres, Quentin combined to hit 29 home runs and had slugging percentages of .504 and .493, but he played in just 86 and 82 games in those two seasons. Only three times in his nine-year career has Quentin played more than 100 games in a season (he also had 99 with Chicago in 2009).

Quentin has split his time between right field and left field over his career, but played mostly in left while with the Padres. He also has spent time as a designated hitter, which could be a role the Twins potentially see for the right-hander, who will turn 34 on Aug. 28.

Twins pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 21 with position players reporting Feb. 26.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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