Padres get Carlos Quentin for nothing

I doubt anyone was naive enough to believe the Braves were going to add significant payroll this offseason — today’s trade of Carlos Quentin to the Padres is further proof that if there is a hike, it’ll likely be measured in pennies.

San Diego’s new GM Josh Byrnes swapped pocket lint for Quentin, a right-handed hitter whose .838 OPS in 2011 would’ve led the Braves. The two minor league pitchers sent to Chicago (Ken Williams is running neck-and-neck with Billy Beane for the title of Worst GM Who Was Once Respected) barely register as prospects.

Neither prospect was ranked among the top 25 in San Diego’s system by John Sickels of Minor League Ball while Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus had Castro tabbed at No. 20.  Goldstein writes that Castro has “gone backwards from [his] big prospect days” and cites the fastball as his only dependable pitch.

I’d rather have Alexei Ramirez than Quentin but that ain’t happening , not unless the Braves free up resources by trading Jurrjens or Prado. What we see is likely what we’ll get in 2012, which isn’t bad, but not good enough.

I repeat: Teams with playoff aspirations don’t head into the season with Tyler Pastornicky at SS.

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5 Comments on Padres get Carlos Quentin for nothing

  1. Jack Straw // January 2, 2012 at 11:12 am //

    If ground balls pour through the left side of the infield it’s gonna be a long season.

    Alexei Ramirez is an excellent proposal. Chipper and Hudson are the only big ticket salaries. Many of our key guys, like Freeman and Kimbrel, are at the bottom, salary-wise. We should be able to afford Ramirez, damn it.

  2. You would hope — Ramirez is only making $5 mil next season.

  3. I’d sure as hell rather have Carlos Quentin for whatever he’s making than Matt Diaz for whatever we’re paying him.

  4. rankin' rob // January 2, 2012 at 9:34 pm //

    We’re standing still and I don’t think that will be good enough this season.

  5. roadrunner // January 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm //

    Remember the frustration everyone had with Wren at last year’s trade deadline, and then he got Bourn.

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