White Sox Trade Carlos Quentin To Padres

Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox smiles after hitting a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The White Sox defeated the Angels 8-0. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Carlos Quentin was traded from the Chicago White Sox to the San Diego Padres on Saturday. The White Sox got a pair of prospects in return for the All-Star outfielder.

The San Diego Padres made a surprise move on Saturday afternoon as they made a trade with the Chicago White Sox that has landed them outfielder Carlos Quentin for a pair of prospects. In return for Quentin, the Padres had to give up right-handed pitcher Simon Castro and left-handed pitcher Pedro Hernandez, both of which played for the club's Triple-A affiliate last season.

Quentin hit 24 home runs on his way to 77 RBIs last season, his sixth in the majors, and made his second All-Star game despite a .254 batting average. When Quentin connects, though, he can be a game changer -- something Padres general manager Josh Byrnes alluded to with his comments about the trade in the team's press release.

"Improving our offense is a priority this offseason," said Byrnes, "and the acquisition of Carlos gives us a proven middle-of-the-order bat. We specifically targeted Carlos because of his production and his hard-nosed style of play."

Castro and Hernandez were shuttled between the Padres' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates last season, but could certainly make the jump to the majors down the road.

For more on the White Sox, be sure to visit South Side Sox. For more on the Padres, check out Gas Lamp Ball.

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