The San Diego Padres have a new 4 hole hitter to compliment newly acquired 1B Yonder Alonso. LF Carlos Quentin has been acquired for 2 pitchers, LHP Pedro Martinez and RHP Simon Castro.
Quentin is the new LF and 4 hitter for SD. He hit 24 homers last year and 97 over the last 4 years. He has a career .254 avg, I expect .240 average and 27 homers out of him, PETCO shouldn't hurt him to bad and he could rebound.
Castro, didn't even crack my top 10 Padres prospects list or Minor League Ball's top 20. He had an ERA over 5.5 in AAA only to be demoted. The sad part is that he already is the number one prospect in their system, just ahead of relievers Addison Reed and Nestor Molina. Castro could still end up as an ace, but I can name five minor league pitchers that are ahead of him on the depth chart here.
and many more, not in this order.
Martinez is another solid option, with above average statistics at almost every stage of the minors. He reminds me of Nick Greenwood, a player with good numbers, who was not expected to flourish, flopped as soon as he was traded.
This deal could turn either way, hopefully a win-win.