Padres Add Much Needed Power

The Padres are a team in serious need of some offense. It's been a chronic issue for them in recent years, but this off-season more than ever they needed to give their lineup some sort of boost. On Saturday, they did just that by landing outfielder, Carlos Quentin.

Carlos Quentin is not a perfect player. As a matter of fact, he's quite far from a perfect player. But, what he'll bring to San Diego is some instant thump in the middle of their lineup. He's a good mistake hitter, and if nothing else is a significant power presence for them.

The ballpark in San Diego may hinder him somewhat, but the righty swinging Quentin has the type of pop that should play pretty well just about anywhere. The best news of all, however, is the relatively low price tag he came with. While the White Sox didn't come away empty handed, they also weren't able to pry away San Diego's most coveted young players.

Right-hander, Simon Castro is the biggest name involved in terms of prospects, but his stock has slipped dramatically in the last year following a very rough 2011 season. He's still just 23, however, and shows plus stuff so the White Sox have to like the upside of his acquisition.

The other arm Chicago acquired was lefty, Pedro Hernandez. He gives them some solid upside at 22-years-old, and while he's not a top prospect, he has the ceiling of a big league pitcher.

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