Carlos Quentin may leave the Chicago White Sox this offseason. Quentin—a year away from free agency—is arbitration eligible. The White Sox likely wouldn't be willing to give him what he wants in arbitration, which could set the stage for a trade.
The White Sox face a rebuilding period ahead. Hiring Robin Ventura as manager indicated that the White Sox intend to move towards rebuilding. Zach Stewart and Dylan Axelrod tried out for the starting rotation in August and September. Dayan Viciedo is looking to start in right field.
The White Sox may be inclined to start Viciedo in right field. Viciedo started 28 of the White Sox's last 32 games. In that final month, Viciedo showed flashes of power and fielding prowess, driving in six runs and providing two outfield assists. His potential may give the White Sox added incentive to trade Quentin.
Trading Quentin seems like a real possibility. The White Sox have committed $89 million to 12 players for 2012. The Chicago Tribune noted that the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves scouted Quentin before the trade deadline in July. The Phillies, Braves and others could be interested in Quentin.
The Phillies Would Make A Great Trade Partner
Kenny Williams would be wise to talk to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. about a deal involving Quentin. The Phillies have prospects that would be very helpful for the White Sox future.
Two high Phillies pitching prospects could plug their way to the White Sox starting rotation. Jesse Biddle, the No. 8 Phillies prospect according to Baseball America, showed promise pitching at Single-A Lakewood in 2011. Biddle was 7-8 with a 2.98 ERA. A tricky pitcher, Biddle struck out 124 batters in 133 innings.
Right hander Trevor May, the No. 5 prospect for the Phillies, was hot at Lakewood and Single-A-plus Clearwater. May finished the year with a total record of 10-8 between the two clubs with a 3.63 ERA. Showing great potential as a fireballer, May struck out 28 batters in 151.1 innings. The Philadelphia Inquirer called his pitching "electric."
Both would be a change of pace for the White Sox, who haven't had a good strikeout pitcher in a while.
Another pitcher on the rise for the Phillies is Vance Worley. Worley did a superb job in his first full season with the Phillies. In 25 games—including 21 starts—Worley was 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA. He struck out 119 batters in 131.2 innings. Showing great control, Worley walked only 3.1 batters per nine innings. Certainly, Williams would like to acquire Worley.
Finding a Good Trade Possibility Is Realistic
Trading for one of these hot young pitchers wouldn't be out of the picture. The Phillies could still be interested in the power that Quentin could bring. For the second year in a row, an inability to get timely hits induced a National League Division Series exit for the Phillies. In order to ward off that possibility next year, Amaro might to acquire Quentin.
Worley might seem like a bit of a reach. After starting 21 games, Worley could become a mainstay in the Phillies starting rotation. However, Amaro isn't averse to dealing rising pitching talent. Besides, he did trade J.A. Happ for Roy Oswalt in 2010.
Acquiring May and Biddle would be a greater possibility for Williams. The White Sox would still acquire pitching talent they need. Both have some time ahead of them in the minors. Obtaining these two for Quentin would be easier for Williams to pull.
Conclusion: Trading Quentin for the Future Works
Williams could be working with a tight budget for 2012. With a great deal of money already committed, Quentin could be on the move. Acquiring pitching talent should be a major priority as the White Sox look for trading partners. The Phillies have what the White Sox need.
Adding even one of these pitchers would brighten the future for the White Sox. This is the value the White Sox need in exchange for Quentin.