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Padres acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox

Dec 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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Huh, and you probably thought New Years Eve day was going to be pretty boring for baseball news. Not so.

The Padres just announced that they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for prospect right-hander Simon Castro and prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez.

Quentin, a San Diego native, will be reunited with Josh Byrnes, who traded him to the White Sox for Chris Carter in December of 2007 when he was general manager of the Diamondbacks.

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 is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. While he’ll give a boost to the punchless Padres’ lineup, he’s leaving behind the best ballpark for right-handed power for one that’s in the middle of the pack. He’s also a liability defensively in a pretty big outfield.

As for the White Sox, I guess we can say the rebuilding effort is back on. Castro, 23, was hyped as a top prospect in the Padres’ organization last winter, but posted a disappointing 5.63 ERA and 94/34 K/BB ratio over 115 innings this past season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson. Hernandez, 22, posted a 3.49 ERA and a quality 94/22 K/BB ratio over 116 innings in 2011 between High-A Lake Elsinore, Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson. For what it’s worth, Baseball America did not include either of them among the Padres’ top 10 prospects earlier this month. That being said, they should rank much higher in the depleted White Sox system. And with Quentin gone, Dayan Viciedo should finally get a chance to play everyday.

It’s sort of a head-scratcher for the Padres in that they aren’t expected to contend this season, but they had the excess pitching depth in the minors to make this deal without hurting them in the long-term. Of course, there’s always the chance they can use Quentin as a trade chip around the deadline.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    It seems as if Williams isn’t sure what direction he wants the Withe Sox to go in 2012.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Par for the course with Kenny.

  2. vanmorrissey - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Quentin has been rumored going to the Padres for over a month, so that part’s not a head scratcher at all. They lack punch and Quentin gives them a little bit more and now gives fans the appearance the management is actually trying to field a somewhat able team. This gives them the option to get rid of Blanks, or Venable, since they’ve been disappointments. Now with the Alonser/Guzman 1B/OF switch, Maybin in center, Quentin in LF or RF, their lineup is a bit more set. But exactly as stated, it’s a trade chip if/when Padres collapse mid year.

  3. skeleteeth - Dec 31, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Doubt San Diego is his final destination for 2012.

  4. cactusranger71 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:03 PM

    CQ was traded for Chris Young not Chris Carter. Sheesh. This what happens when it’s not a Yankee/Red Sox/Phillies story?

    • mabunar - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      No, Quentin WAS traded for Carter on December 3, 2007.

      Chris Young went in the Vasquez trade much earlier on December 20, 2005.

    • spudchukar - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:03 PM

      Yes, it was first baseman Chris Carter, but it was the Arizona Diamondbacks who sent Quentin to Chicago.

      • D.J. Short - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:11 PM

        Isn’t that what I said?

      • mabunar - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM

        Yes, I’m saying the story was right….catcusranger and his thumbs up are incorrect.

      • spudchukar - Dec 31, 2011 at 7:16 PM

        Yep, it is exactly what you said. My comment was to Cactus, who seemed to believe it was San Diego.

  5. Matt - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Enjoy that hair, San Diego

  6. proudlycanadian - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    It is rather obvious that the White Sox are trying to rebuild. It would not surprise me if Danks is also traded for prospects provided that he pitches well.They have a couple of bad contracts for Rios and Dunn and have to plan ahead for when those contracts come off the books after 2014. Kind of reminds me of the situation when the Jays were stuck with huge contracts for Wells and Rios.

    • Matt - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:18 PM

      Maybe the Blue Jays would be interested in some waiver type deal…

    • obpedmypants - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      hopefully the angels go shopping for a CF and trade Iannetta away for Rios.

      • pugs02 - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:57 AM

        you don’t want Rios. Trust me, as a Chicago native, I had the “privilege” of watching him day in and day out. Just a brutal season this year for him. I would take any other center fielder in the league over him. Way too much money for such poor numbers.

    • jdd428 - Dec 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

      I don’t see them trading Danks since they just signed him to an extension. KW was already asking for the sky in a Danks deal before the extension, now he’d want even more in return and I don’t see anyone knocking down doors with big time offers. I could possibly see a Gavin Floyd move, but Danks is almost certainly staying.

  7. bigtrav425 - Dec 31, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    And the Non off season of my Tribe continues…i wish for bad things for the Dolans and Chris A and the biggest Douche Mark Shapiro

  8. icanspeel - Dec 31, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    It’s not a game changing deal, but at least the Padres will try to compete a little during the rebuilding 2012 season. They really didn’t give up much since they have some young pitching depth which was higher on the depth charts than Castro.

  9. lanzurrah - Dec 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Another nice trade for the Padres…

    • paperlions - Dec 31, 2011 at 9:52 PM

      I’m not sure how this is a good deal for the Padres. They got a guy that can’t stay healthy while DHing a lot, is a horrible defender, will make quite a bit over $5M next year in his last arbitration year, and then will be a FA. For that, they gave up 2 prospects that will probably be serviceable relievers if they fail to be back end starters. The Padres are doing anything next year anyway, and when Quentin leaves they won’t get any compensation (nor will any team they trade him to), so he has very little value to SD.

  10. lanzurrah - Dec 31, 2011 at 10:07 PM


    I thinks a decent trade in the sense that it will give SD fans the impression they’re not just rebuilding this year. They had absolutely no power threats in their lineup…Quentin is an upgrade to Blanks in left….

    SD gave up none of their top 20 prospects. Castro is a fringe prospect, a two pitch reliever with some control issues. They basically gave up nothing to appease the villagers another year till some of the younger guys head to the big league club.

  11. Ari Collins - Jan 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM

    Quentin’s slow feet are a poor match for Petco’s outfield. Like asking a rhino to run to the other side of the savannah. And dive at the end.

  12. lanzurrah - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    If he’s playing left, it’s a non-issue. Right field is the bigger challenge defensively.

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