Nation + world: Padres get Carlos Quentin from White Sox in trade
Four years after trading Carlos Quentin from Arizona to the Chicago White Sox, new Padres general manager Josh Byrnes is bringing the All-Star outfielder back to San Diego.
Byrnes acquired Quentin from the White Sox for two prospects on Saturday.
The trade is expected to bolster San Diego’s anemic offense. Quentin has four consecutive 20-homer seasons, including 36 in 2008. He will play leftfield.
The White Sox received minor league pitchers Simon Castro, a right-hander, and Pedro Hernandez, a left-hander.
While GM of the Diamondbacks, Byrnes traded Quentin to the White Sox for first baseman Chris Carter in December 2007.
Quentin, 29, hit .254 with 24 home runs, a career-high 31 doubles and 77 RBIs in 118 games in 2011, when he made his second All-Star team.
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