Blue Jays and White Sox Talk Trade Again; Jays Chasing Carlos Quentin?

Brad LeClair@beerad87Correspondent IDecember 11, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: Carlos Quentin #20 of the Chicago White Sox hits a run-scoring double in the 1st inning against the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on August 19, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Jays and White Sox have recently talked about a trade that would bring OF/DH Carlos Quentin to the Blue Jays.

It appears that the trade has hit a snag between the two clubs, and the White Sox may explore other avenues to trade Quentin. The Padres, Red Sox and Orioles were also rumored to also be interested in Quentin's bat.

For the Jays, going after Carlos Quentin, for the marginal offensive upgrade, is not worth trading prospects for. Quentin, 28, is coming off a decent year with the White Sox, hammering 24 home runs and adding 77 RBI, while averaging .254 at the plate.

However, the Jays probably have more long-term options right now in left with Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Anthony Gose, Jake Marisnick and Moises Sierra all very close to MLB ready, or already MLB ready as is.

Quentin is a definite power upgrade over the likes of Thames or Snider in left, but his defence is extremely suspect, and he's injury prone. A move to designated hitter would be likely if he was signed by Toronto.

In his four years with the White Sox, Quentin never played a full season with them, or at least 140 games. In his first year with the Sox, he hit 36 home runs in 480 at bats. In a normal 600 at bat season, 162 game schedule, Quentin was on pace for over 40 home runs and 110 RBI's.

Quentin is an upgrade over Adam Lind, who has a career OBP of .316 compared to .340 of Quentin. I only mention this because Edwin Encarnacion (career OBP of .336) would likely move to first base, and Adam Lind would be dealt away for a starting pitcher (in all likelihood).

This move seems like a precursor to a trade to acquire that front-line starter the Jays so desire. Could this mean the Jays are putting together a package for Athletics starter Gio Gonzalez? That part of the story has yet to be told, but Lind would be a good starting point for all talks surrounding Gonzalez.

Thoughts on the Jays potentially acquiring Quentin? Does what I said make some sense and is it a real possibility? Feel free to comment.

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