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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Sunday, December 09, 2007
White Sox - Acquired Quentin
Chicago White Sox - Acquired OF Carlos Quentin from the Arizona Diamondbacks for 1B Chris Carter.
Some people may fret that this is all the Diamondbacks could get for Quentin, but I just don’t see it. While I think Quentin will be a good solid player, but he’s also coming off shoulder surgery for two outstanding issues (labrum and rotator cuff) and isn’t as young as many people might think (he’ll be 26 before the season ends). The Diamondbacks are in competition for the playoffs again in 2008 and they have a lot of players that need playing time, so it makes sense to trade for a player that might help down the road, especially with Byrnes absolutely not going anywhere.
The White Sox think they’re competing in 2008, but they’re really not. But Quentin still helps them as the team has gotten very little out of left the last few years and even a disappointing Quentin recovering from shoulder problems would be an upgrade. I’m assuming Quentin’s in left because I doubt they’re going to move Dye out of right.
The Diamondbacks have been acquiring and trading away Chris Carters, so for those that haven’t seen either of them, the Diamondbacks now have Black Chris Carter while the Red Sox have White Chris Carter. There should be a rule in baseball that people with identical first and last names should either be different races, play different positions, or be drastically different in quality and if they’re not, the younger one should be forced to change their first name. I could handle Good Jeff D’Amico and Bad Jeff D’Amico and 3B Josh Fields/Ryan Braun and P Josh Fields/Ryan Braun, but I still have nightmares about the two white journeyman hurler Steve Montgomerys (Montgomeries? Montgomerii?)
Both projections surprise me quite a bit. The Quentin one shouldn’t - ZiPS has no idea that Quentin was playing throw a shoulder problem. The Carter one is downright shocking since ZiPS is almost always quite cruel when projecting major league numbers for someone way down in the Sally League. Maybe Levski snuck into my house and did some reprogramming?
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