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The Red Sox talked to the White Sox about Carlos Quentin

Dec 6, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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The White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays earlier today, after which general manager Ken Williams told reporters that “this is the start of rebuilding.” With that in mind, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox met with the White Sox regarding the availability of outfielder Carlos Quentin.

Quentin, 29, earned $5.05 million this season while batting .254/.340/.499 with 24 home runs, 77 RBI and an .838 OPS over 483 plate appearances. He figures to make between $6-7 million in his final year of arbitration.

Cafardo hears that “there’s no match right now,” but with Chicago shifting into a rebuilding phase, Quentin figures prominently among their most logical trade chips. Boston expressed interest in him leading up to July’s trade deadline and are they currently in the process of looking for a right fielder.

  1. bozosforall - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Red Sux continue to try and buy a title.

    • JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Damn those Red Sox, always want to acquire baseball players for their baseball team. What fools!

      • bozosforall - Dec 7, 2011 at 2:30 PM

        Their fans are the biggest fools of all. Two titles in almost 100 years. Biggest joke in baseball.

  2. hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 7:42 PM

    This must really mean the Sox don’t have much more money flying around, because if they did I don’t see why they wouldnt get essentially the exact same player in Josh Willingham and just have him platoon with Reddick or Kalish. I dont really see why they need to trade for a RF with the number of potential stop-gap outfielders the have in their system. its not like they shouldn’t be plus offensively at like 6 positions next year

    • JBerardi - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:01 PM

      Willingham’s ability (or lack thereof) to play right field in Fenway could be a factor. In any case I’d expect the team to explore all it’s possible options for a righty-hitting outfielder.

      • Shane Riordan - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM

        Coming from a White Sox fan, Josh Willingham is a better defensive option in right than Quentin is. You just have to go ahead and trust me on that one. Now, when you’re talking about offensive production, no one is as dangerous or intimidating as CQ.

      • hammyofdoom - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM

        I understand that seeing how difficult right field at Fenway can be, but honestly Carlos is probably comparable defensively as well, he can be a bit of a stone-wall out in left. When it comes to the Sox and lefty pitchers, they need offense, and I really think they can get someone without having to trade pieces and if they DO trade away some pieces they better be small ones

  3. foreverchipper10 - Dec 7, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    I still would like the Braves to get him (if they don’t get Willingham) to play left because I have a sinking feeling they will, in fact, trade Prado. I think Jurrjens for Quentin is a solid deal.

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