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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: May 6, 2010
Posted on: April 3, 2013 1:04 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Can we trade him back?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:49 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Alex, from your post, I sure hope the Friars aren't done with moves. I still don't see very much offense in that line-up you posted. Maybe Alonso and Quentin adds some pop in the middle, but the backend of the lineup still looks weak.  Here's hoping Blanks refinds his form from a couple years ago, but where will he play?

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: January 2, 2012 11:39 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

You must not have watched ANY Padres games! The offense is AA at best... AAA on a good night. Lots of good pitching is wasted by bad hitting. Quentin probably becomes the 2nd/3rd best hitter on the Friars... perhaps the only guy with any pop.

Since: Oct 5, 2009
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:55 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

This trade is really a pretty good trade for both parties.  And it sets up a few possible options for the Padres as this off season progresses.  But a lot of people really have no idea what their talking about in regards to the Padres and their plan.  First off, Adrian had to go, there is no way even if we hit top potential salary of $80 mil we could give $22 of it each year to one guy.  Second, Bell had to go.  The guy is aging and while he did get a lot of saves in a lot of tight games it didn't make any sense to give him a 3 year deal at $9 mil per when our salary for 2012 will be abut $50 mil.  In replacing bell we got Street who costs the same as Bell did last year but is younger and only committed for this year and next.  Lastly, the Padres current payroll sits around $20 mil, they promised the fans a payroll around $50.  So In finding the right pieces to raise that salary, Quentin doesn't eat a lot isn't on a long contract and provides the right handed power the Pads so desperately need.  From the Chi Sox side, they get Castro who before last season was probably the next big guy to hit the rotation.  He had an off year last year but his potential is ace like.  Hernandez had a great year last year but due to system depth he didn't fit into long term plans. 

Now with the acquisition of Quentin we have some options.  I would love to see the Padres somehow make a deal with Atlanta in a Headley for Prado trade.  We move Prado to 2b and Guzman to 3b.  Then deal O-Dog and maybe Bartlett but only if the right deal is there.  Rizzo will most likely be dealt which is fine but it better darn well be for a veteran pitcher because right now the elder statesman is Edison Volquez and I think he has the mental makeup of buggs bunny. 

Go Padres!!  Welcome to town Carlos!

Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: January 2, 2012 9:46 am

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

With the White Sox "Going out of Business Sale" continuing, we'll never know now if this team could have been a contending minus Ozzie Guillen. That was one question I had, was if Guillen's attitude was a cancer on an otherwise talented team. At least, talented as compared to other AL Central teams. I guess we'll have to see if Guillen runs the Marlins into the ground, or if indeed it's Kenny Williams who is the idiot who should be canned by the ChiSox.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:54 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Why would the Padres give up anything for Carlos Quentin? All they are doing is taking on payroll and letting the White Sox dump some.  Quentin is a below average fielder and a little above average hitter.  He does have some pop but that is about it.  Good move by Kenny Williams.  Bad move by the Padres!

Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 1, 2012 6:19 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

The White Sox continue to become more of a AAA team everyday,Santos,Buehrle,Quentin,Frasor yet Williams signed Dunn,Rios and Peavy when will he be held accountable for just terriable move after move!They let Ozzie go and keep Kenny "wish I had a clue" Williams and now they want fans to come watch a striped down AA team,will parking,beer and food sales come down like the talent and production on the field I highly doubt it!Congradulations Jerry you've turned away yet another fan who will fly his Sox flag upside down till they get rid of the real cancer on this team Kenny give me your garbage minor leaguers!!!!Why is no one pointing out the reason Williams trades for other teams minor league players is because he has no clue how to draft his own,or trades away the good ones for bums like Dunn and Rios.Now everyone understands why the Cubs dominate the MLB scene in Chicago,Reinsdorf wants us to support this garbage sorry Sox fans have way better things to do with our hard earned money then to support this organization who clearly could care less about us.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 5:06 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Lets look at this from the WS perspective.  They have three of the worst contracts in sports, not just MLB.  Dunn has 3 more years at 15M per, Rios has 3 years at 12 to 13m AND Jake Peavy has 1 more year at 16M.  Peavy could have been the worst signing next to Dunn in recent memory.  I really like Kenny but he is on a real bad skid right now.  I agree that Buerhle could not be resigned but Quentin is worth alot more that what Kenny received.  Bottom line is the SOX were unwilling to resign quentin when because of the possible dollars to resign.  The problem moving forward is the SOX will only pay to play if the fans show up.  Being a SOX fan we are mores skeptical and have a show me first mentality.  I feel the upcoming years will get even leaner.  I hope im wrong 

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:27 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

Quentin is a good 1 year fix, he will generate some offense. Byrnes has a shoestring budget if he can get this team to .500 everyone should be happy. Thats all Moorad could hope for, he is an owner without the resources needed to contend in a traditional style.

Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 12:20 pm

White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres

I agree with many of the posts here. This trade makes no sense for either team, really. The Sox are doing a salary dump after signing Danks and paying the load for bats like Adam Dunn? Don't think so. The Padres are trying to find cleanup power to protect their new number three hitter in Yonder Alonzo, to compete in 2012? Don't think so. And moving two arms for a pending free agent? How unlike San Diego. Truly bizarre trade. Unless Josh Byrnes really doesn't have much of a plan at all. Get younger one day, get a lot older the next. Save $2 mil one day, blow $6 mil the next. A little bit like the plan he had in Arizona - a bad one? And when will the White Sox management figure out that Kenny Williams has terrible judgment? Sometime in about the third or fourth year of the Danks deal - if Dunn doesn't swing for Mendoza again.

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