The Padres and White Sox decided to do one last deal of 2011. Carlos Quentin rejoins Josh Byrnes who as general manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks traded him to Chicago. Byrnes said this of Quentin’s acquisition, “He obviously went out and did some big things for the White Sox. Having a chance to get him back became very appealing this off season.”. Now the new Padres general manager will be seeing how he can do playing left field for San Diego every day. The White Sox received right-handed pitcher Simon Castro and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez. San Diego has had a huge power outage since Adrian Gonzalez was sent to Boston for prospects last spring. The trade makes a lot of sense for Friar fans and this might be one in a series of moves for both teams as spring training rapidly approaches.
Simon Castro was one of San Diego’s top prospects at about this time last year. Castro pitched well enough in 2010 to appear in the Futures Game while pitching for San Antonio with a 2.92 ERA and 107 K in 130 Innings. This season he was disappointing in his stint at Double-A, 4.33 ERA 73 K, 95 hits in 89 innings and was awful at Triple-A, 10.17 ERA, 21 K, 37 hits in 26 innings. Pedro Hernandez, was 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA in 2011. The 23-year-old lefty has a low to mid 90s fastball and a very good change-up.
Kenny Williams, Chicago’s general manager said this about the deal, “Castro, as I was looking at him on tape, Castro reminds me of Jose Contreras when we got him and there were things he was doing [mechanically] that were counter-productive,” Williams said. “There are a lot of similarities and hopefully we can get the most out of him.”. It hasn’t been made clear this off-season if the White Sox are going to go full youth movement or not. This deal could be the sign of more to come.
The White Sox are one of five teams interested in Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. They have now cleared $10 Million of payroll with the trades of Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos. Kenny Williams said this, “What I will say is there are some doors that are now open for us that were not open yesterday because of the savings of dollars, But which direction we are heading with that, I think would be counterproductive with us getting something done should we decide to go down that road.” When Cespedes citizenship in the Dominican Republic is granted the bidding on him will heat up.
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