The Red Sox have signed outfielder Carlos Quentin, 34, who hasn't played in the major leagues since 2014 with the San Diego Padres, to a minor league contract, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports and MLB Network reported.
Carlos Quentin signs with red sox. He's giving it one last shot.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) February 8, 2017
Quentin, a right-handed hitter, went to spring training with the Minnesota Twins last season before spending the season in the Mexican League. He was with the Seattle Mariners' Triple-A Tacoma affiliate in 2015.
WEEI's Rob Bradford reports that Red Sox scout Eddie Bane told the team that Quentin has lost 40 pounds.
A career .253 hitter, Quentin came up to the majors in 2006 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and his best seasons were with the Chicago White Sox from 2008-11, including a 36-homer, 100-RBI, .288-hitting season in 2008.
Earlier this winter, the Red Sox claimed ex-Cincinnati Reds outfielder Steve Selsky off waivers. Quentin, Selsky and minor league free agent signees Brian Bogusevic and Junior Lake, along with minor leaguers Rusney Castillo and Bryce Brentz, will compete for reserve outfielder spots in spring training, which begins when pitchers and catchers report to Fort Myers, Fla., on Monday. The full squad reports on Feb. 17.