There's two things I can say for sure about the San Diego Padres.
Point number one is that they are going nowhere this season, as they currently sit 16 games out of first-place and the calendar hasn't yet turned to July.
Issue number two for the Padres is that they are not going to have the funds to lock up 29-year-old left fielder Carlos Quentin for the long haul.
Quentin, a powerful righty slugger, will almost certainly be trade bait between now and the July 31 trade deadline, and the New York Mets have a glaring need in left field.
It seems like a perfect match for the Padres to work out a deal with the Mets, who are surprisingly just 3.5 games out of the National League East pennant race.
The East-leading Washington Nationals are going to have to shut down ace pitcher Stephen Strasburg at some point this season due to innings limitations, which means that the division is definitely up for grabs.
With Jason Bay still suffering from concussion-like symptoms, the Mets have been filling their left field position with the Vinny Rottinos and Scott Hairstons of the world. Essentially, the Mets have been resorting to stopgap prospects and bench players to fill their outfield needs.
While the results have not been absolutely terrible, these guys will be exposed if the Mets keep trotting them out on a regular basis.
Their current 41-36 record isn't all just smoke-and-mirrors, but a lot of their success has been due to great starting pitching from R.A. Dickey and Johan Santana.
The offense has been decent, but obviously picking up Quentin to play left field would be a major upgrade.
In 25 games played, Quentin has a .325 average, six homers and 15 runs batted in.
The Mets, on the other hand, have been forced to turn to their third and fourth-string outfielders after Bay and Mike Baxter went down with serious injuries.
New York has enough talent on the farm that giving up a couple of their top prospects wouldn't mortgage the future, as long as they hold onto the trio of Zach Wheeler, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia.
Just about anyone else is fair game in my book. The Mets need to do something to enliven their fan base and show that they are serious about winning as soon as this year.
Mets fans like me are willing to come to Citi Field and shell out our hard-earned dollars on parking, concessions and tickets if the team returns the favor by giving us a competitive team that is serious about making a playoff push.
Should the New York Mets trade for Carlos Quentin? Let me know in the comments.
Eric Holden is a lifelong New York Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @ericholden.
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