About a week ago I wrote about the possibility of Quentin being traded out of Chicago, then I wrote about a possible three-team deal involving the White Sox, Yankees, and Oakland Athletics. Well, according to MLB Trade Rumors, the San Diego Padres (who I mentioned in my article about Quentin) are indeed interested in the services of the right-handed slugger.
The Padres added another body to their outfield depth chart recently by signing free agent Mark Kotsay. This is the second time Kotsay will bless the San Diego outfield and batting order with his overwhelming amount of skill. (*falls on the floor laughing*) Sox fans had to deal with Kotsay’s suck for one and a half years so we feel the pain, Padres. Even those one and a half years were two years longer than we wanted him.
Cameron Maybin is really the only big piece in the Padres outfield, practically everyone else is disposable. One would assume Maybin, Mat Latos, and Anthony Rizzo are the untouchables on that roster. Who could the Sox get in return for Quentin? If I wanted to joke around I’d make a case for Clayton Richard but I’ll take the high road. Switch-hitting Orlando Hudson, who the Padres are looking to move, wouldn’t do us much good right now. Gordon Beckham is at second and Alexei Ramriez is at short so Hudson would essentially be another Omar Vizquel. If Kenny wanted to acquire Hudson and Headley and then flip that around and send them to the Cubs for Matt Garza it would be a good deal but I doubt that would happen.
Right-handers Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri out of the bullpen could be interesting. With Sale moving to the rotation we should be looking for lefties but these kids are good. Gregerson posted a 2.75 ERA in 55.2 innings and Frieri finished with an ERA of 2.71 in 63 innings. Yes? No? Yes? Good. Our outfield would then be Alex Rios in left field, Alejandro De Aza in center, and Dayan Viciedo in right field. Now we have to find a way to get Rios out of town.
So the final question is: could Quentin fit in San Diego? Of course. The town is huge. (Sorry.)