December 03, 2007
OK, the Diamondbacks received prospect Chris Carter from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for Quentin on Monday, and Carter is a 20-year-old with huge power potential. Yet a low-A first baseman, no matter how he projects, seems scant return on a hitter who put up huge numbers across the minor leagues, slugged nine home runs in his first 150 major-league at-bats and only struggled last season, an injury-hampered one.
Quentin's exit from Arizona was a given, with Eric Byrnes in left field, Chris Young in center and Justin Upton in right, and perhaps that drove down his market. Still, Carter, a power hitter with excellent plate discipline but a propensity to strike out, is two, maybe three years away, and in a weak National League the Diamondbacks are a starting pitcher away from being West division favorites. Packaging Quentin and Double-A outfielder Carlos Gonzalez could have brought that.
Instead, Diamondbacks general manager Josh Byrnes went for potential, as the majority of Arizona's loaded farm system has graduated to the major leagues. Who knows? Carter may mash. Quentin may falter.
For now, though, the White Sox have their left fielder of the future while the hole in Arizona's rotation looks as big as ever.