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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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Comments

Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:46 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Kenny Williams is building a White Sox team that will score an average of two runs per game next year.  The guys they got don't even seem to be prospects, so I guess this move was purely a salary dump.  So why is this string mostly Padre fans complaining?  You get a pretty good outfielder without giving up anything.  What do you think Casstro and Hernandez are worth?




Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:19 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Nice trade sox, fighting with twins for the celler next season hahahahaahhaha



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:18 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

When Josh Byrnes ran the Diamondbacks he had Quentin on his team. So it's not surprising to see Byrnes trade for him after getting promoted when Jed Hoyer left to run the Cubs.



Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2011 4:04 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Sox fans would know better but is Quentin mostly a right handed pull hitter? If so, PetCo shouldn't hurt him that much since that is the only way to consistently hit with power in that ballpark. Padres moves have been some of the more interesting this off season. They are not dumping salaries but not growing very much either. This move makes a Rizzo and/or Blanks trade even more likely now.
Quentin does mostly pull the ball, the problem with that is he's a much better hitter when he tries to go up the middle and the other way.  Never heard of these prospects but it's good to see the Sox start to unload some of the veterans.



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:52 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

The Sox could lose a hundred games next year. We really hate it here when the Cubs win more games.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:37 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

WOW. It actually sounds like and looks like San Diego(which by the way is the city with no meaning. According to Ron Burgandy) has decided to upgrade their lineup. I guess years of watching the likes of Adrian Gonzalez departing town is starting to annoy the front office. I can't figure why for the life if me?Money mouth But I guess now is a good a time as any. Steal that crop from cincy for Latos, who wouldn't. First right thing they did in years.



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:23 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

They got him for nothing. Could trade him again or sign him. Homeruns put people in the seats. Could really pay off at the trade deadline if he is having a good yr. Could possibly double the return. Great trade for the padres. Williams could have gotten more. Advantage Padres.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:22 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Sox fans would know better but is Quentin mostly a right handed pull hitter? If so, PetCo shouldn't hurt him that much since that is the only way to consistently hit with power in that ballpark. Padres moves have been some of the more interesting this off season. They are not dumping salaries but not growing very much either. This move makes a Rizzo and/or Blanks trade even more likely now.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:19 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

There are few nicer things than seeing the Sox neutralizing the slim chances of them getting in the playoffs next year.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 3:13 pm
 

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

I'm also confused about why the pads would trade prospects for a 29-yr old, but hey at least the prospects we dealt didn't figure prominently into our future. Maybe Quentin, like Huston Street, can serve as midseason pennant race trade bait and net us prospects of a higher caliber than we originally had.


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