I didn't see it posted, it may have slipped under the radar. Seems like The Chi-Sox got a good deal here.
Quentin has underrated talentposted: Monday, December 3, 2007
The White Sox played against type on the first day of the winter meetings, acquiring a polished hitter in Carlos Quentin for a low-A hitting prospect. Quentin is a patient hitter with a contact-oriented stroke. He's not likely to hit the number of home runs most teams seek in corner outfielders, but he can more than make up for that with doubles and OBP skills.
His value was low at the moment for a pair of reasons -- the Eric Byrnes extension locked him out of a job in Arizona, and Quentin just had surgery on his left shoulder. If healthy, he'll provide a solid boost of OBP to a lineup that's light on patient hitters. The White Sox's team OBP was just .318 last year, and just one hitter was over .360. The move also allows them to fill an outfield hole without spending a significant amount of money.
The Diamondbacks acquire a high-risk, high-upside power-hitting prospect in Chris Carter. Carter was a 15th-round pick in 2005 out of a Las Vegas high school. He had plus raw power then but was otherwise lacking in baseball skills. Since signing, however, he's shown better plate discipline and better ability to make contact than expected. There's still a question about whether his defense is good enough to keep him at first base -- and there aren't a lot of other options if that position doesn't work out -- but he has the power potential to hit 30-plus homers in the majors.