On the last day of the year (yesterday, for those of you still recovering), Kenny Williams traded Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres for two prospects, which is drawing varied reactions. The reactions are mostly head scratching and assumptions of a salary dump. We also have the top 20 prospects in the organization from John Sickels:
Chicago White Sox Top 20 Prospects for 2012 - Minor League Ball
John Sickels ranks the top 20 Chicago White Sox Prospects for 2012.
Twitter / @Buster_ESPN: Early word from scouts is ...
"Early word from scouts is that both prospects from Padres to White Sox don't have much upside. So for CWS, a payroll move, in part."
White Sox unload ‘excited’ Carlos Quentin for minor leaguers - Chicago Sun-Times
"By trading Quentin to the San Diego Padres for two minor-league pitchers Saturday, the White Sox have said goodbye to their closer, their Opening Day starting pitcher and their cleanup man."
White Sox trade Carlos Quentin to Padres - South Side Sox
"In terms of numbers, both pitchers appear to be projects. Castro, a 23-year-old who stands 6'5", hit a wall at Triple-A Tucson last season. Hernandez, 22 years old and 5'10", spent time at three levels, but when he reached Tucson, he proceeded to record only seven strikeouts over 18 innings."
Twitter / @whitesox: Ken Williams says #WhiteSo ...
"Ken Williams says #WhiteSox identified keys to get RHP Simon Castro back to where he was a year ago as one of games's top prospects."
Twitter / @NCTPadres: Carlos Quentin said #White ...
"Carlos Quentin said #WhiteSox (79-83 finish) in 2011 and his value led him to think he might be traded. Knew he was on #Padres' radar."
San Diego Padres Acquire Carlos Quentin - MLB Daily Dish
According to the San Diego Padres, who tweeted the announcement, the Padres have acquired right field Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox. The Padres give up Pedro Hernandez and Simon Castro in the deal.
John Danks' Contract Terms Disclosed - MLB Daily Dish
Last Wednesday, it was reported the Chicago White Sox and southpaw John Danks agreed to a five-year, $65 million contract extension. Today, the White Sox announced the contract extension via Twitter, and it is indeed a five-year, $65 million contract.
Reactions To John Danks' Extension - MLB Daily Dish
It seems like just the other day Chicago White Sox's brass talked about rebuilding. We listened, politely nodded, and believed it to a certain degree. After all, the last thing you want to be is mediocre in any sport. Something about Kenny Williams rebuilding is just ... I don't know, not possible.