Chicago White Sox First Half Review: The Offense

JJ SSenior Writer IJuly 3, 2008

Despite making two headline-grabbing trades for Orlando Cabrera and Nick Swisher, the biggest move White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams made in the offseason happened with little fanfare.

On December 3, 2007, Williams traded single-A first baseman Chris Carter to the Arizona Diamondbacks for a 25-year-old former first-round draft pick who was just coming off October surgery to repair his rotator cuff and labrum in his non-throwing shoulder.

That player was Carlos Quentin.

Quentin's status for Opening Day was very much up in the air all the way until about midway through spring training, when Quentin started to hit the ball well. With Jerry Owens', who was penciled in as the starting left fielder for the White Sox, groin acting up, Quentin was named to the 25-man major league roster, but started the season on the bench.

For the first two games of the year, the White Sox trotted Nick Swisher out to left field and Alexei Ramirez to center. In the third game, Quentin got the start, and what happened in the following two months won't soon be forgotten.

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