D-Backs send Quentin to White Sox

December 3, 2007 at 12:39 pm 6 comments

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The Diamondbacks are sending outfielder Carlos Quentin to the White Sox for minor league firstbaseman Chris Carter. There is no word on another player being included so this looks like a straight up deal.

The White Sox will most likely put Quentin right into the outfield, probably left field. I think he should be in RF and Dye should go to LF but that’s just me. Dye is getting over the hill and doesn’t have the arm for RF anymore. Quentin posesses a plus arm and plus patience. He has the stroke to generate 25 homers and he should be a guy who posts a .350 OBP or higher annually. Quentin has the upside of a .300/.400/.525 guy but realistically he is a .285/.370/.485 guy, not bad at all.

The D-backs ran out of room in the OF with Byrnes, Young, and Upton there for the next 4-6 years and Carlos Gonzalez soon to follow. Carter is a good prospect but not a great one. He has good raw power and is patient. The deal makes me think that Conor Jackson is running out of time in Arizona as well. I think it’s too soon to give up on Jackson though.

This is a buy low deal for the White Sox and I think they get the better end of the deal but the D-Backs didn’t give up any key part of their future so it wasn’t a loss for them.

Here is the source of the article:

The D-backs are close to finalizing a deal that would send outfielder Carlos Quentin to the White Sox for Minor League first baseman Chris Carter, an industry source said Monday. The deal is expected to be announced Monday afternoon.
Carter, who will turn 21 later this month, was ranked among the White Sox top 10 prospects by Baseball America. A 15th-round pick by Chicago in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, he has tremendous power and a good idea of the strike zone.

Last year with Kannapolis of the Class A South Atlantic League, Carter hit .291 with 25 homers and 93 RBIs. He drew 67 walks, which led to a .383 on-base percentage, and he slugged .522.

With the tremendous power also comes strikeouts. Carter fanned 112 times in 467 at-bats. –MLB.com

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  December 3, 2007 at 2:35 pm

    Eh not a deal that is going to make a difference in 2008. Diamondbacks had a lot of OFers anyway… no big deal. Whitesox need a CF not a RF…

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 3, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    What they need is youth and pitching.

  • 3. Charlie Nehl  |  December 3, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, a low level trade. Neither should impact teams a GREAT deal. The White Sox need a lot of things, whereas the DBacks just need a little backend rotation… and the DBacks have the youth (and mega surplus of OFs) to trade. They’ll have Byrnes, Young, and Upton for many years to come.

  • 4. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 3, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    I still think it was a great trade for the White Sox. Quentin can become a very good Major Leaguer very soon. Better than Byrnes as a hitter in my opinion and for far less.

  • 5. erik  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:36 am

    I think Byrnes had a breakout career season last year. Quentin was great as a minor leaguer but then again so was Hensley Muelens. Quentin might be better then Byrnes jury is still out.

  • 6. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 7, 2007 at 8:09 am

    I agree. Don’t get me wrong, I love Byrnes. He is definitely a starting OFer but I think Quentin has a higher ceiling. Byrnes is just so fun to watch and a great energy to have but Quentin has better raw skills other than speed and range.


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