Tag:Carlos Quentin
Posted on: January 16, 2011 12:24 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 1:29 pm
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Cards weren't close to dealing Rasmus

Colby Rasmus The Cardinals aren't -- and weren't -- close to dealing outfielder Colby Rasmus this offseason, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes .

Rasmus reportedly asked for a trade last season, but general manager John Mozeliak said it was never seriously considered. So proposed trades such as the suggested Rasmus for Carlos Quentin deal with the White Sox were never more than media speculation.

"I think any trade discussions about Colby were completely manifested by what was going on in the media," Mozeliak said. "Dating back to September when that [story] broke, I'd get calls from teams right then and there. But they were bottom-fishing. They thought we were just going to give him away. That was never the case."

Rasmus requested a trade and had a heated exchange with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in the dugout during a game and said he felt isolated from his teammates. Even Albert Pujols made a pointed comment about Rasmus during the season.

Still, La Russa -- who confirmed in September that Rasmus had asked for a trade -- claims it's a media issue, not an issue between the two.

"It's a story line that people wear out," La Russa told Goold. "It's inaccurate and it's unfair. … He's still gaining experience and figuring out how insincere [these reports] really are. We have a good relationship. Good to real good. At its worst, it's good. At its best, it's real good."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 9:22 pm
Edited on: December 11, 2010 12:11 pm
 

White Sox looking to move Quentin

Carlos Quentin In a thoroughly unsurprising development, the White Sox are shopping Carlos Quentin.

Two years ago, he was an All-Star and Silver Slugger with a .965 OPS. Now, the cold truth is that he's dead weight. He's batted .240/.334/.469 the past two years, been injury-prone and become a big defensive liability in the outfield -- his UZR in 2008 was an acceptable -3.3, but in 2010 it was a brutal -22.9 (If you prefer old-timey stats like fielding percentage, his .959 was the worst -- by a lot -- among regular AL right fielders).

After Chicago's acquisition of Adam Dunn and re-signing of Paul Konerko, the White Sox can't even hide Quentin at DH. They have $24 million invested in those two next season, and they're going to use the DH to keep them both rested but in the lineup.

Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports via Twitter that the Sox are "actively looking to trade" Quentin for a package with bullpen help, but are "asking a lot so far." Quentin made $3.2 million last season and is arbitration-eligible. With Vladimir Guerrero, Hideki Matsui, Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche available, there are a lot of DH options out there, so I'm not sure how strong the market for Quentin is going to be right now.

UPDATE: On Saturday, White Sox general manager Kenny Williams told Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that any trade rumors involving Quentin are not true. Of course, if the Sun-Times reported that the sky was blue, the Tribune would follow with a story that it's not, so who knows?

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 8:59 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 5:47 am
 

Wednesday evening rumor roundup

Hot Stove Wednesday wasn't quite as exciting as Tuesday's rumor-mongering at the GM meetings, but hey, we did get a trade and an overpaid free agent signing, so it wasn't all that different. Here's some of the other stuff that went down -- or has been talked about -- 'round Orlando and beyond.

• The Rockies are interested in Jon Garland, but aren't looking to offer much beyond a one-year deal. (Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman via Twitter )

• The Nationals are one of "six or eight" teams to have talked with Twins free agent starter Carl Pavano. (Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post )

• The Brewers hope to extend second baseman Rickie Weeks, who will be a free agent following the 2011 season. (Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel )

• Jorge de la Rosa will move quickly on signing, preferably signing before the Cliff Lee sweepstakes is wrapped up. He'll jump on an offer from the Nationals or Pirates if the terms are right. (Troy Renck of the Denver Post )

• The Rockies have been aggressive in Orlando with trades and free agents. The team has interest in Oakland third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff. (Renck via Twitter)

• Miguel Olivo is drawing interest from the Rangers, White Sox and Blue Jays. (FOXSports.com's Jon Paul Morosi )

• The White Sox are interested in Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon to fill their need of a left-handed hitter, but aren't expected to make a move until after the Dec. 2 non-tender date. (Chicago Tribune 's Phil Rogers )

• The Phillies have done "extensive" groundwork on a deal for the White Sox's Carlos Quentin, who would replace Jayson Werth. (ESPN.com's Jayson Stark )

• Oakland, Toronto and Colorado have interest in Kansas City's Alex Gordon. (MLB.com's Dick Kaegel )

• Tsuyoshi Nishioka was officially posted on Wednesday (U.S. time), so the bidding will close at 5 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday. The Giants, Twins, Cardinals, Orioles, Mariners, Padres, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox have all been mentioned by Japanese media as teams with interest. (YakyuBaka.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 30, 2010 1:38 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
 

White Sox interested in Rasmus?

Colby Rasmus 'Tis the season for hypothetic trade rumors, and the Chicago Sun-Times' Joe Cowley is at it with the White Sox.

Still sticking to the Sun-Times story that the White Sox offered Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins for outfielder Mike Stanton (a story that has gotten WTF? denials from both sides), Cowley writes the White Sox are targeting the Cardinals' Colby Rasmus and is willing to give up Carlos Quentin headlining a package of players for the centerfielder.

"It was obvious that [the Cardinals] were paying extra attention to Quentin at the end of the season, so this might have been something that was already talked about," a scout told Cowley.

Rasmus, 24, hit .276/.361/.498 with 23 home runs in his second season. Quentin, 28, hit .243/.342/.479 with 26 home runs in 2010. He's second-year arbitration-eligible this offseason.

The White Sox would have to throw in plenty more than just Quentin, but hey, these are the same folks who thought someone would give up Stanton (the outfielder, not the former reliever) for a manager.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:18 pm
 

White Sox coach wants to see a fight


Juan Nieves So, feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days of the Reds-Cardinals series? Get ready for the three-game series between the White Sox and Twins starting tonight at Target Field.

The teams had a little run-in last week when Chicago's Carlos Quentin was hit twice and manager Ozzie Guillen took exception to the beanings.

It's not just Ozzie that's fired up, either. Here's what White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves had this to say Sunday on a Chicago radio show (via the Star Tribune ): "I've even thought of telling guys, 'hey [Matt] Thornton, smoke [Joe] Mauer, see if you can start a fight.' We're not afraid of anybody."

If Mauer gets hit in any of these three games, there could be some serious fireworks.

The Twins currently lead the White Sox by three games in the AL Central and Chicago is seven games back in the wild card.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 2:27 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 11:41 am
 

AL Central race heating up, as well


Ozzie Guillen Looking for the next basebrawl? Look no further than the other Central Division, there's something brewing between the American League Central leaders.

White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin was 2 for 2 with a homer on Wednesday and has six RBI in the first two games of the series between Chicago and Minnesota.

In the sixth inning on Wednesday and the White Sox holding a 6-0 lead, Twins starter Glen Perkins hit Quentin the for the second time in the game. Home-plate umpire Mike DiMuro warned both teams.

According to the Chicago Tribune , Perkins said he didn't hit Quentin on purpose "I was trying to make a pitch and kind of yanked it a little bit."

Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen wasn't buying it.
"It looked like he did it (intentionally)," Guillen said. "If not, the umpire won't do any warning. Easy scenario. First base open, this kid hit a home run. Do I say he did it on purpose? It's up to him about it.

"It seemed like it was. Everything was there. He not pitching well. I'm not 100 percent he did it. I know 100 percent it don't come from the bench. I was very upset because they kick our (rears) Tuesday big time and we don't come close to pitch in

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 28, 2010 9:30 pm
 

Beckham, Quentin will stay with Sox

Gordon Beckham The White Sox are certainly one of the most talked-about teams at the trade deadline, with their interest in both Prince Fielder and Adam Dunn, among others.

It seems every rumor has other teams asking general manager Kenny Williams for second baseman Gordon Beckham, but the Chicago GM has already told his sophomore second baseman he's not going anywhere. The Daily Herald 's Scot Greg reports Williams has told Beckham and Carlos Quentin that they will still be members of his team on Saturday.

However, rookie starter Daniel Hudson is apparently the piece Williams is throwing out there for other teams.

"He should be proud," Guillen said of Hudson. "If your name is out there, it means somebody wants you. That's all you can say."

Hudson said he'd like to stay with the White Sox, but understands it's that time of year.

Beckham was the team's top pick out of the University of Georgia in 2008 and had an impressive rookie season in 2009. However, he's struggled mightily this season, hitting .239/.292/.343 with four home runs and 29 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 23, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2010 4:07 pm
 

Trade deadline buyer: Chicago White Sox

As the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline looms, the CBS Facts & Rumors team will look at the biggest players leading up to the deadline. This week we'll look at the teams who will be talked about the most; next week will be the players who might be moved.

Kenny Williams On June 8, the White Sox were nine games under .500 and 9 ½ games back in the American League Central. But then they roared back into the playoff picture with an amazing surge and now sit atop the division.

General manager Kenny Williams has said he wants to bulk up for the second half, and he’s one of the more mercurial figures in the game, prone to acting boldly and quickly. On the other hand, Williams has said he’s not impressed with what’s available and the asking prices, and might stand pat. There’s not much the White Sox could do this month that would shock anyone.

Record: 52-42, two games ahead of Detroit (50-44) and Minnesota (51-45) in the American League Central
General manager: Kenny Williams, 10th year
Expectations: High. The South Side got a championship fix in 2005, and White Sox fans are buzzing over the big rally they have made in the standings.
Payroll status: Opening day payroll was $108.2 million, seventh-highest in baseball. The White Sox have about $66 million committed for 2011.

What they need

Left-handed bat: The White Sox have gotten a collective .231 batting average from their designated hitters, so bringing in a slugger to upgrade there is an obvious target. They’ve been focusing on left-handed power.

Starting pitcher: Considering Jake Peavy is out for the year, Chicago is actually in pretty decent shape and could sit tight with the rotation. But Daniel Hudson’s name is coming up a lot as part of a package to get a hitter, and if the Sox lose him they’ll probably need to move on adding a starter.

Who may fit

Adam Dunn Left-handed bat: Reports indicate the NationalsAdam Dunn is Williams’ top priority, and Dunn would be a great fit. As of early this week, the asking price (Gordon Beckham or Carlos Quentin, for openers) was more than Williams was willing to pay.

The other big name connected to the Sox is Milwaukee’s Prince Fielder, though reports vary on whether Chicago is in that race. As with Dunn, the price would be steep.

On the next tier would be the AstrosLance Berkman, who is not having a great year and is expensive.  Also a possibility, though a remote one, is right-handed Toronto home run leader Jose Bautista.

Starting pitcher: Don’t expect Chicago to be in on the biggest names, but they could focus on a second-tier guy like Jake Westbrook, Kyle Farnsworth or possibly Fausto Carmona.

Trade chips

Young infielder Beckham (.241/.297/.341) is the first name to come up in talks, but the White Sox really want to hang onto the 23-year-old, whom they drafted in the first round in 2008. He’s still learning the ropes at the big-league level, but he has a huge upside at the plate.

Right-hander Hudson, also 23, is projected by most teams as a No. 3 or 4 starter, but the White Sox think his potential could be even higher.

They don’t want to move outfielder Quentin (.244/.344/.517), especially with the way he’s been hitting lately, but if it’s what it takes to get Dunn (who, in addition to bringing a high trade price would need a place to play, since he refuses to DH) without giving up Beckham, they might do it.

Why not offer closer Bobby Jenks? Right-hander J.J. Putz and left-hander Matt Thornton both have closing experience and are pitching out of their minds right now, so Jenks, a pending free agent, is expendable.

Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo, 21, also is attracting a lot of attention. He has batted .295 in limited major-league action this season.

Predictions

The White Sox don’t meet the Nationals’ price for Dunn, who stays in Washington. They end up with Berkman or turn to alternative options such as Kosuke Fukudome or Adam LaRoche.

-- David Andriesen

More trade deadline chatter (click on city name for blog)
Buyers: New York YankeesLos Angeles Angels
Sellers: Florida MarlinsToronto Blue Jays

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