With one solid season in the South Side, fans and coaches are hoping Carlos Quentin returns to form.
The simple answer is: it does not matter.
The White Sox have young slugger Dayan Viciedo waiting in the wings. With Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko at first and designated hitter for the next three seasons, the only positions open for the 22-year-old are third and corner outfield.
Brent Morel has third for the most part locked up, largely in part to his solid defense this spring. Juan Pierre is solidly entrenched in left field this season. This leaves the question of Quentin vs. Viciedo. Viciedo’s potential is similar to Quentin’s.
At best, the two sluggers could clobber thirty to forty home runs with a .290 average. At worst, they may see 20 home runs with a .250 average. Why spend $5 million on a player when you see the same production out of one for $400,000?
During the offseason, interest was expressed in Quentin by a few teams. The fact is that Quentin should have been dealt for some prospects. The White Sox pitching farm system is in need of a boost, and this could have been that answer.