D-Backs against the wall
When Carlos Quentin got his first Major League start the other day at his expense, Luis Gonzalez reacted like he’d been sent to do hard time in San Quentin, not just one night on the Diamondbacks’ bench. But although Gonzo is the one who got his nose all out of joint, Shawn Green may be the one soon leaving the joint.
While the proof admittedly is still pretty slim, Arizona people have been blown away by Quentin’s splashy debut. All three hits in his first eight at-bats have gone for extra bases, meaning the 23-year-old onetime No. 1 draft pick (2003) hasn’t missed a beat after having torched the Pacific Coast League.
This is the type of mid-July development on which general managers get off. Teams have been calling Josh Byrnes about Green, and a youngster who could make that deal work lands in his lap. You want to see a kid for more than three games before pulling the trigger on such a major shift but, by the end of next week, Byrnes will have seen enough.
Gonzalez’s future is also up in the air, but Green’s versatility — he has resumed occasionally playing first base — and left-handed bat makes him more popular among shoppers.