The rebuilding process continues for the Chicago White Sox, as they traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres for two prospects, including pitcher Simon Castro, according to MLB.com. Matt Eddy of Baseball America has a breakdown of the prospects involved, as does John Sickles.
The trade for the Padres is the second major move within the last month, having dealt ace Mat Latos a few weeks ago. This move, however, involves the Padres sending prospects in exchange for a veteran player instead of the other way around.
Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tirbune thinks that this solidifies the center of the Padres batting order, which may be true but appears to be a change in direction for what was supposed to be a rebuilding team.
As for the White Sox, Castro is the main part of the return for Quentin, and was a highly-rated prospect in the Padres system entering the season. He struggled mightily during 2011 season and will have to get his mechanics back on track to re-establish himself as a top prospect.