The Chicago White Sox traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres on Saturday for two minor league pitchers.
The White Sox acquired right-handed pitcher Simon Castro, 23, and left-hander Pedro Hernandez, 22.
Quentin, a two-time All-Star, batted .257 with 107 home runs and 320 RBIs in four seasons with the “Good Guys in Black.” In 2011, he hit .254 with 31 doubles, 24 bombs and 77 RBIs in 118 games on the Southside.
A sprained AC joint in his right shoulder kept him out of 36 of the team’s final 37 contests, but Padres general manager Josh Byrnes says the power hitter is healthy.
With Quentin leaving, Dayan Viciedo is expected to take over in right field for Robin Ventura’s club.
Viciedo, 22, is a promising hitter who possesses an aggressive swing-away approach to the game.
At 230 pounds, strapped with tantalizing power, White Sox play-by-play TV broadcaster, Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, annointed the Cuban right-hander with the nickname — “The Tank.”
Rotation Reloaded: Castro, 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, went a combined 7-8 with a 5.63 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 22 starts between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson in 2011.
Castro also pitched for the World Team at the All-Star Futures Game in Anaheim, Calif., in 2010.
Hernandez, 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, combined to go 10-3 with a 3.49 ERA and 94 strikeouts in 28 games (18 starts) last season between Class A Lake Elsinore, Tucson and San Antonio.