Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Sox Make "Blockbuster Deal" For Some Guy You've Never Heard Of

Recognize this guy? If you said yes, you're probably lying. The guy above is Carlos Quentin, and he's now our utility outfielder -- well, maybe.

Quentin has serious potential. He's about a year away from the majors, and posted a .342 avg in AAA with a .425 OBP a few years ago. In '05, he hit .301, knocking out 21 home runs and driving in 89 runs for Triple-A Tucson. He even has an impressive career OBP of .427 over 1,337 at-bats. Sounds like a great steal, right? Well, here's the problem:

Quentin is injury prone.

He spent all of 07' battling various ailments, ranging from arthroscopic shoulder surgery to hamstring problems. He finished the season with a Brian Anderson-Esque .214 average, five home runs and 31 RBIs for Arizona. Currently, Quentin is almost back to taking real swings (he's still recovering from shoulder surgery).

Long story short, we're looking at good upside and didn't lose very much. If Quentin pans out, we can make him the everyday LF for a defensive upgrade (even a surgically weakened arm is better than Pods' arm). If Quentin only makes the team (or if we acquire another outfielder like Fukudome), then Quentin can be the utility OF to spell Dye, or can even be sent to AAA for more seasoning.

In exchange, the Sox parted with Chris Carter, a slugging prospect who moved from AA to Class A, where Carter hit .291 with 25 home runs and 93 RBIs last season. Carter is a few years away from the majors, and could have some serious pop. He also has the mobility of Mo Vaughn and will probably be full-fledged DH. Carter probably won't be missed terribly from our system (we already have a few guys to replace him), but I really hope the D-Backs didn't just rape us again.


Allen said...

what about the rummor that the greatest player in baseball, Jason Bay, might be traded to the sox. What are your thoughts on that?

Gepetto said...

Bay would be pretty sweet, especially since he'd be cheap. He's coming off his worst year ever in a town that spends more money on ketchup than baseball players.