The big move everyone is talking about this weekend is the Carlos Quentin trade to San Diego. Salary dump on the White Sox part or not, the question for the Padres is how much they gave up (nothing, it sounds like) and whether or not Quentin's power translates to Petco Park. Some say yes, some say no (and the fans seem excited):
Padres Experiment With Quentin - Buster Olney (Insider)
"For San Diego, Quentin could be a short-term experiment. It's possible that the Padres could negotiate a very team-friendly two- or three-year deal with the slugger in the next six weeks, as it goes through the arbitration process, but it's hard to imagine San Diego would invest heavily in Quentin until it gauges how long he can stay on the field and how his power translates to Petco Park."
Trying to Make Sense of the Carlos Quentin Deal - Beyond the Box Score
At first glance, acquiring Carlos Quentin doesn't make a lot of sense for the Padres. But maybe there is something more to Josh Byrnes' thinking.
Carlos Quentin to the Padres just made some heads explode in San Diego - Gaslamp Ball
"Rest assured True Believers, even though the criticism will come fast and hard, this is a great signing by the Padres. This is not somebody we're hoping will bounce back from an off season. This is not somebody that's a huge injury risk. This is not somebody we're waiting 3 years for. This is somebody who we want to have here in San Diego at exactly NOW. You want excitement? You want somebody who can hit home runs? You want somebody to get those guys around the bases? There it is. It's Carlos Quentin."
Prospects in the Carlos Quentin Trade - Minor League Ball
Prospects in the Carlos Quentin Trade: Reports on Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez
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.