He has just made what may be the single worst trade in the history of the Padres franchise sending Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez to the Chicago White Sox for OF/DH Carlos Quentin.
Yes, that is a bold statement, but lets take a look at the facts of this trade.
What did the Padres give up?
Byrnes traded away two good young pitchers in Simon Castro and Pedro Hernandez that will likely make the White Sox staff in 2012. If Castro is not in rotation in 2012, he will be in 2013 at the latest.
Castro was rated #2 or #3 in the Padres organization in both 2010 & 2011 (Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and John Sickels) and is widely thought of as a prospect with #2-#3 type starter potential at the major league level. Castro may not be top prospect in the PADRES incredibly deep system for 2012, but would rank in top 5 for White Sox today and will likely make the Sox staff by end of 2012. Castro could be a #2 - #3 starter on the Sox staff in 2013.
Hernandez is a 22 year old left handed control artist who had a decent chance of making the Padres pen at some point in 2012 and will likely break camp in the pen for the reliever deficient Sox.
How about Carlos Quentin?
Well Quentin is:
- Extremely Injury Prone
(Quentin has NEVER played over 131 games & averaged 120 games over past 4 seasons)
- A Low Average Hitter
(He hit .257 for the White Sox playing in one of best hitters parks in baseball. That translates to hitting .223 if he was a Padre over past 4 seasons.)
- An All or Nothing Hitter
(17.4% strike outs vs just 7% walks but a .245 ISO)
- A Free Agent at the end of the 2012 Season
- Relatively Expensive
(Quentin will likely be paid $7-8 million in 2012. His 3rd & last year of arbitration)
- An Absolute Butcher on Defense
(Quentin has been THE ABSOLUTE WORST DEFENSIVE OUTFIELDER in baseball with more than 2500 innings played over past 3 seasons.)
The Padres will not contend in 2012 and adding Quentin wont change that. Quentin will go away after 2012 since the Padres cant afford to keep an expensive DH. The $7-8 million Byrnes will have to spend on Quentin is ALOT of money for the low payroll Padres and it is being spent on as bad of a fit for that ballpark as you can possibly find.
WTF is Byrnes thinking.
I have had my say, now I would like to hear what YOU have to say about this trade.
Edit: Changed Byrnes to Quentin in appropriate places.