There has been quite a lot happening in regards to Chicago baseball in the last few months. The Cubs fired longtime GM Jim Hendry in August following another Carlos Zambrano blowup, and are reportedly still ironing out the details of signing the Red Sox' GM Theo Epstein and making him their team president.
For the White Sox, longtime skipper Ozzie Guillen was essentially traded to the Marlins after expressing his displeasure with the team. Early this month, the White Sox made the surprising move of hiring a former player with no managerial experience in the form of Robin Ventura to replace Guillen.
There is no question that this has been a memorable year on both the North and South Sides of Chicago as far as baseball is concerned, and there is no reason for the craziness to not continue. White Sox GM Kenny Williams told MLB Network's Peter Gammons earlier this month that "We're going to let the kids play" next year, and 29-year-old OF Carlos Quentin does not seem to fit that bill anymore. Williams recently cited the team's young core as Beckham, Flowers, Viciedo, de Aza and Morel.
ESPNChicago reporter Doug Padilla has speculated that Quentin may be on the move and will interest at least one contender that looked to acquire him at the trading deadline.
I believe that he could provide the necessary "pop" for a number of teams looking to bulk up their lineups once Pujols and Fielder have found new homes and may be a "hidden gem" at this year's winter meetings.