Quentin was released by the Red Sox at the end of minor-league spring training, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports. This may be the end of the line for the 34-year-old's playing career. Quentin, a two-time All-Star, hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014. He battled injuries throughout his time in the big leagues, topping 100 games played in just three of nine seasons at the highest level.
Quentin signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. There was speculation Quentin would retire last March after opting out of his contract with Minnesota, now it appears the 34-year-old is giving it one more try. He hasn't played in the majors since 2014 and spent last season in the Mexican League, where he hit just .211 in 21 games as the DH. The former All-Star will most likely serve as organizational depth for Boston.
Quentin was granted his request to be released Monday and appears likely to retire, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The veteran outfielder had a June 1 opt-out clause in his contract if he chose to accept the assignment to Triple-A, but Quentin appears to only want to stay in baseball if he can get a spot on a major league roster. He could be a decent outfield depth option for a team looking for another outfielder, but there's a good chance that no team adds him, which would lead to Quentin's retirement.
Quentin refused his assignment to Triple-A and is now a free agent, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports. Quentin posted a respectable .833 OPS this spring, so he is hoping to catch on with another team rather than open the season in the minors. Whether or not he will land a major league deal remains to be seen, so his 2016 campaign could very well still begin with a Triple-A squad.
Quentin was re-assigned to minor league camp. With Quentin and Darin Mastroianni, and Ryan Sweeney earlier releasedm it all but guarantees that Byron Buxton will begin the season in center field and Oswaldo Arcia will win a spot on the bench. Quentin showed he can play again after retiring early in 2015 due to chronic knee issues. He hit .250 (9-for-36) with two home runs in 15 spring games. If he plays well at Triple-A, he could be called up early in the season if the Twins have an opening.