Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin, who had been connected to the Pirates as a potential trade deadline target, is apparently nearing an extension with his current team, which would remove him from the trade market.
The deal is believed to be for about $27MM over three years and with a very reachable bonus that could boost the total to $30MM. Quentin's deal includes a full no-trade clause, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).
Jon Heyman notes that Quentin's contract would be comparable to those of Michael Cuddyer, Edwin Encarnacion and Josh Willingham -- basically, a standard deal for a good, but not great, slugger in his late prime.
For the Pirates, this would just make trades more difficult. There are lots of potential buyers in the trade market and very few sellers, and the Bucs can really use an outfielder.