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.
Quentin wet 1-for-3 in Saturday's spring training loss to Baltimore. He's hitting .333 (5-for-15) with a home run in six games this spring. Quentin got time at first base Saturday as he seeks to make the Twins roster as reserve player. He's a long shot to make the big league roster, but he's having a good camp and showing he could be back to form after retiring early in 2015 due to chronic knee issues. He came back from retirement and has said he'd be willing to play in Triple-A to revive his career.
Quentin signed a minor league deal with the Twins on Tuesday, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports. Quentin spent brief stints with the Mariners and Braves organizations early last season before announcing his retirement in May, but he'll return to the game in hopes of cracking the Twins Opening Day roster as a DH option off the bench. The 33-year-old hit just .177 in his last taste of Major League action back in 2014, but he slashed .275/.363/.493 for the Padres just three seasons ago. Quentin is somewhat of a longshot to make the 25-man roster, and he'd likely return to retirement rather than toil in Triple-A, should he fail to make the cut.
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