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White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Posted on: December 31, 2011 1:53 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:28 pm
Carlos Quentin

By C. Trent Rosecrans

In their never-ending search for players who can hit at Petco Park, the Padres have traded for White Sox outfielder Carlos Quentin, the team announced on Saturday.

In return for Quentin, the Padres sent two minor-league pitchers, right-hander Simon Castro and left-hander Pedro Hernandez to the White Sox.

Quentin, 29, is arbitration-eligible and will be a free agent after the 2012 season. He hit .254/.340/.499 with 24 home runs in 118 games for the White Sox in 2011 and made $5.05 million. While Quentin made his second All-Star team in 2011, he played in just one of Chicago's last 37 games because of a shoulder injury. He is a career .252/.346/.490 hitter in parts of six seasons with the White Sox and Diamondbacks.

"Improving our offense is a priority this offseason," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said in a statement released by the team, "and the acquisition of Carlos gives us a proven middle-of-the-order bat. We specifically targeted Carlos because of his production and his hard-nosed style of play."

Quentin is a San Diego native.

Castro, 23, was 7-8 with a 5.63 ERA at Double-A and Triple-A, striking out 94 batters in 115 innings and 22 starts. He was Baseball America's No. 58 prospect in baseball before the 2011 season. Hernandez, 22, was 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA in three minor-league levels, striking out 94 in 116 innings, while walking just 22. He pitched in 28 games with 18 starts.

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Since: Nov 20, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:37 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

I' mot sure this was a great trade for the Padres.  I wonder how well Quentin will do in that ballpark and in that lineup.  I'm hoping he's not the type of player that really needs protection in the lineup.  I don't see anyone in San Diego's lineup that can make pitchers pitch to him.  I hope I'm wrong, but I think it might be a bad fit.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:26 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

 ... don't forget either that the damp ocean air allows the ball to carry even less than elsewhere.

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: January 1, 2012 11:25 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Like the trade from the Sox perspective.  You dump an abitration-eligible, often hurt streaky hitter who is good for maybe 25 homeruns a year.  In addition his fielding is horrible and his range is more than suspect. How much worse can Dayan Viciedo be?   You save at least $5 million and pick up a couple of arms for your farm system after depleting it in the previous years before.  Kenny is trying to rebuild on the fly and remain competetive. The re-signing of John Danks proves this point.  Although I am not expecting to contend for the World Series, I think we can't be much worse than last year. Chris Sale's transition to starter and Gordon Beckham's ability to step up and become the player he was expected to be remain the key issues this year. I know everyone thinks Dunn & Rios remain the two biggest questions, but come on, how can each of their resective seasons become any worse?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:51 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Time to let Brandon Short play the outfield in Chicago! 

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:50 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Alex, upgrade at 2B?  O-dog isn't good enough for you? 

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:47 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Latos was the opposite of a salary dump.  We got a bounty back including several ML ready players in Alonso, Volquez and Boxberger.  Quentin will be our best offensive player.  I'm not saying we're going to contend for the playoffs, but at least we'll be around .500 this year!!

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 9:36 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

welcome to the show padres. its fun to acquire players too. it was very disappointing to see the padres flipping their stars for prospects less than a year after just missing the playoffs. this team really isnt that far from being a playoff team, especially the way they are stockpiling young talent. lets see some more of this.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 1:35 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

SDChamps94.....Please don't post anymore. It is just too painful to read.

Petco has the 3rd biggest outfield dimensions in the National League West let alone the rest of the league.
Adrian Gonzalez was not a "Padres-Grown" player. He never spent any time in the Padres minor league system.

As for the trade. The Padres needed to add salary (there are two reasons) so picking up a guy on a one year deal covers that while not obligating any $$ for 2013.

If we can trade Rizzo for an upgrade at 2B I'm ok with this lineup:

  1. Maybin CF
  2. Headley 3B
  3. Alonso 1B
  4. Quentin LF
  5. Hundley C
  6. Venable RF
  7. ? 2B
  8. Bartlett SS

Give last years hitting stud Guzman some AB's off the bench and in the OF.

Go Padres.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:41 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

It was a good pick by the San Diego Padres to get Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for just two minor league players. The problem with Quentin is first he is injury prone like all the time, second he is inconsistent, & third he is a bad defensive OF. This will help the Padres in the RBI's department in which this run down Padres team needs but it still won't help them score enough runs yet. No matter what Quentin won't make the Padres a contender because they need more than Quentin to do that & beat the defending NL West Arizona Diamondbacks to make it to the playoffs next season or any season for that matter.

Since: May 6, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:35 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Y'all watch.  Carlos Quentin is going to get traded from the Padres during the Spring.  Wink

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