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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: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:30 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Great idea, not sure about the execution.  Quentin is an inconsistent, injury prone guy who in the crazy world of baseball might actually get a raise despite that.  Granted they didnt give up much, but just taking on that much salary seems like it doesnt fit in with the Padres' plans.  Similar hitters have died in SD and I'm guessing that's what will happen to Quentin so he probably wont gain any trade value.  Not sure who is out there, but they should be looking for guys like Maybin and hope 1 or 2 pan out.  Good luck Pads, you are going to need it.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 10:23 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Why let Bell and Latos go if your trying to win now? I just don't get it, I thought the Padres have been in salary dump/build for the future mode?

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:17 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Finally.  Maybe between Quentin, Alonser, Guzman, Blanks and Hundley the Padres can have legitimate power in the middle of the lineup.

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:34 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres


Since: May 11, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:53 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

I think the thinking is that Pitching and defense can win ballgames while power is overpriced.  In that regards, keeping the fences where they are is beneficial.  Also, Adrian Gonzalez wasn't a Padres-grown player.  He played parts of two seasons with the Rangers before coming to San Diego.  The most successful recent position player that was drafted by the Padres would probably be Chase Headley.  Go Pads!

Since: Dec 26, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 6:25 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

In their never-ending search for players who can hit at Petco Park
I know Petco Park has one of the largest outfield dimensions in the majors and the Padres has been built, then rebuilt, to take this little advantage meaning they would load up on good sound pitching (Jake Peavy? Mat Latos? Trevor Hoffman?) and defensive ball-handling. The only Padres-grown player to have had a major success reaching the bleachers was Adrian Gonzales but he got too expensive for a small-town beanball market to retain just when he was blooming. Anthony Rizzo from the Boston trade (for Gonzales) may yet bloom this coming 2012 season. My real question to this Padres conundrum is: Why can't the outfield wall (warning track) be adjusted by 10ft or so to bring the homerun girth closer to what Jack Murphy was. I don't know who or why Petco Park was designed this way when the Padres certainly can't afford big expensive hitters like Albert Pujols. They can't even keep blossoming pitchers like Mat Latos for their sakes. Go Pads!

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:47 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

being a Cubs fan...this trade may further equalize the two Chicago teams, and may be enough for me to bet my White Sox buddy as to which team will have the better record after the 2012 season is complete.  I predict the Cubs will have 68 wins, the Sox...73

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:30 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Something that has been overlooked by people analyzing off-season moves and anointing winners and losers of trades, and saying so-and-so could/should have gotten more, is this- teams are making pitching, especially relatively cheap pitching, a priority. Not all the trades made will reflect this, of course, as some teams are more in need of acquiring good pitching than others, but given how fragile pitchers seem to be these days, it makes a lot of sense to have as many good options as you can get who aren't yet eligible for free-agency or arbitration eligible in some cases. Hitters like Quentin are pretty common, or can be easily developed, and easily replaced if they get injured or flame out. If I were a GM of any team other than, say, the Yankees, I look at some of the recent contracts given guys like Johan Santana and Jake Peavy, and now John Danks, and shudder. The last thing I want to have to do is sign Edwin Jackson (or someone of similar ability) to a 5  deal for $70 million in order to get a solid starting pitcher.

Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 5:03 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

The White Sox better pray Adam Dunn and Jake Peavy turn it around or they will be very bad this season. Godd trade for the Padres in my opinion. I wonder what they are going to do with Rizzo.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:47 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

When Yo see the title. says: the Sox are crazy but when You read it. the Sox did a good trade, because in the next year maybe they will lose Quintin and they added two good prospect for the future. good move for Withe Sox.

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