According to a tweet from Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, the Jays and White Sox have talked this off-season about power-hitting right-handed outfielder Carlos Quentin, but the talks have cooled and the White Sox are now looking elsewhere.
Quentin’s is a name I thought the Jays might look at, as he can hit for power and take a walk. Although, that’s about it, really. He’s not much defensively– metrics like UZR and DRS vary pretty wildly from year to year– and has had trouble staying healthy, so… it’s not like the price should be so high– which, obviously, is where the clubs disagreed. He’d be an interesting DH, I suppose, or as the lefty-mashing right-hander in a left field platoon, perchaps. I dunno…
UPDATE: Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star adds that the Jays and ChiSox also discussed pitcher John Danks and second baseman Gordon Beckham, but settled on just moving Sergio Santos for Nestor Molina “… for now.”
It makes sense: the White Sox are one of the few teams openly rebuilding, and the Jays, with their loaded farm system, could help them a lot and help themselves in the process by taking some of their MLB pieces. I wouldn’t be surprised, given that Alex Anthopoulos and Ken Williams obviously have a good relationship, if they found a match again before the winter is through.