Here’s the scoop on the rumors that the White Sox are trying to shop right fielder Carlos Quentin.
First and foremost, the White Sox management team, led by Chairman of the Board Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and assistant GM Rick Hahn, keep all information between themselves when it comes to player movement. No other front office people, coaches or scouts in the organization are included in conversations about player trades or free-agent signings. When it comes to all other White Sox business, communication flows in the entire organization.
During the Winter Meetings, three teams approached Williams and asked about the availability of Quentin, according a major league source.
As any baseball official would, the White Sox GM listened to the offers, but he found nothing close to what he’d want in return for his everyday right fielder.
One other club called with interest on Thursday, and was told that the Sox were not shopping Quentin, according to a major league source.
The White Sox most likely will have to make a trade to obtain the bullpen help they need, considering they already have $119 million committed towards their 2011 payroll, $12 million more than they’ve ever paid for their 25-man roster.
Obviously the White Sox are maxed out after signing Paul Konerko to a three-year deal.
The free-agent price for a good middle reliever is $5 million per season. At this point, the White Sox are considering trading some of their young farm system types to acquire what they need in the bullpen.
It’s also possible that they could put infielder Dayan Viciedo and catcher Tyler Flowers in the mix to acquire some help as well. Both Viciedo and Flowers are still viewed as future starters and might only be used in a bigger trade for impact players.
There are still about ten middle relievers of quality left on the free agent market. The White Sox and Cubs both are hoping that the price for their services may drop as other teams slowly fill their needs in the bullpen.