My gut reaction is yes, although my head wonders if they'd be able to stay healthy in a heated pennant race. When the on-field stakes for a team rise, frontline players are asked to run on fumes. Closer Heath Bell, to pick an example, red-lined like a champion down the stretch in 2007 and 2010. Quentin and Street have the skills for it, but when both were free agents last winter, some clubs had doubts about their durability. Of course, any problems posed by a heated pennant race should be welcomed by the Padres, who, barring a miracle, will miss the playoffs for the sixth year in a row.
I think the Padres had geography on their side in both negotiations. Street, no dummy, knows that San Diego is an easier place to be a pitcher, even more so a relief pitcher. Quentin, explaining his decision, noted that he grew up in San Diego County and called it an "amazing opportunity" to stay in his hometown. "My family is very excited," Quentin told mlb.com.
I wrote at length last month why the American League, or even the National League Central, may be a better fit for Quentin strictly in a baseball sense. Players also take lifestyle into account, however, and that often plays in the Padres' favor if the club is willing to make a representative offer.
Quentin also said he believes in the organization. I took that as an endorsement of Bud Black, who has done a nimble job of protecting Quentin's surgical knees. To that end, I think Alexi Amarista, the super-utility man who looks comfortable whatever position he plays, is a nice complement to Quentin.