With the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaching, the Cleveland Indians are among a handful of teams interested in San Diego Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, according to CBSSports.com. According to Jon Heyman, there are several teams pursuing Quentin, including the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, who are separated by just one game in the NL Central. From CBSSports.com:
Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who just may be the best hitter dealt this month, has drawn trade interest from the Reds, Indians and Pirates, among others, according to sources.
It's no secret why Quentin would be popular as a trade target, as many contending teams could use a corner outfielder.
Quentin, a free agent after this season, has missed much of the year with a knee injury but is now back at full strength. The 29-year-old has seven home runs and 17 RBI in 33 games (112 at-bats). He has a .268 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage.
The Indians, of course, are on their never-ending quest to plug the glaring and damaging absence of right-handed bats in their lineup.