The Padres and White Sox came together on a confusing trade today. The Padres, seemingly in rebuild mode, acquired a soon-to-be free agent slugger with a history of injuries. The White Sox, on the other hand, claim they are trying to contend in 2012, but dealt a middle-of-the-order hitter for a couple of so-so prospects.
My initial reaction was that you could kiss goodbye what mediocre fantasy value Quentin had since he'd be moving out of the close quarters of The Cell and into the carnivorous space of PETCO. After further review, however, the transition might not be as bad as I thought.
Below is an image of Quentin's 2011 home double and home run totals displayed over PETCO's dimensions (source)...
Because most of Quentin's power is to his pull side, and PETCO actually has reasonable left field dimensions, it seems that he would have only lost one home run and possibly gained a couple to center. Of course, this data is unofficial, so keep that in mind. Quentin also gets to visit the hitter-friendly inter-division parks in Arizona and Colorado whereas the AL Central's only real hitter's park was U.S. Cellular.
Quentin's value is all based on his health anyway. If he can stay on the field, he should still hit 20-29 home runs, but with a low AVG attached. Maybe the move to PETCO will actually bring his percived value down enough that he actually becomes a draft day value. Keep an eye on his ADP as we head to February (currently 186 overall at Mock Draft Central).