Lyle Spencer of MLB.com is reporting that Robb Quinlan has interest from a handful of teams.
I suppose this could be correct. Of course Spencer is obvious vague about what the teams have said to Quinlan and well he got the information from his agent so believe what you want.
If I’m reading this I’m believing the interest in Quinlan is mainly made up of minor league offers with invites to spring training. Quinlan is capable of playing all four corner positions but he lacks any real power threat and his average has been down the last few seasons.
Over a seven year span with the Angles, Quinlan hit .281/.326/.408 with 25 homers, 119 RBI and 130 runs scored. His best year came in his rookie season of 2004 when he hit .344/.401/.525 with 5 homers and 23 RBI before suffering an injury during batting practice. In 2006 he appeared in a career high 86 games with 244 at-bats compiling a .321/.344/.491 line.
Since 2006 though his numbers have been 457 at-bats with a .252/.305/.333 line and 6 homers, 15 doubles. He collected 46 RBI and 49 runs scored during that three year span.
His biggest value would undoubtedly comes with NL clubs where he could pinch hit and remain in games as a defensive sub. Quinlan could hold out for guaranteed money if he’d like so there shouldn’t be much of a rush to accept a minor league deal right now as they figure to remain on the table.
It might not be a bad idea for a guy like him to wait. I think he would ultimately still get a minor league deal, but at least he will have the opportunity to pick the team he would most likely get a crack with.