I just watched the end of the White Sox- Angels game. The game ended when Carlos Quentin hit a walk-off HR (his second HR of the game) off John Lackey.
Quentin is now hitting .301 on the year, with 14 HR and 43 RBI. His OBP is .412 and SLG is .588.
It makes me a little angry, to be honest, to watch a young, power-hitting outfielder like Quentin, a player who was obviously available in the offseason and who also happened to be just what the Royals needed, excel for a division rival. It's especially bittersweet as our boys continue to descend to new depths with their offense.
I recall a good bit of discussion on this site last year about how Quentin, a young player with a lot of upside who likely wouldn't cost a fortune, would be a good trade target for the Royals and how Dayton Moore should pursue him. In fairness, it's possible he did. It just seems hard to believe we couldn't have made a similar or better offer than Kenny Williams did (minor league 1B Chris Carter), an offer that landed Quentin for the White Sox.
I know, hindsight is 20/20, and I'm not pretending to have known that Quentin would bust out like this, especially so quickly (in fact, under Mike Barnett's tutelage, it's likely he'd be at around .200/.300/.400 right now). But it really burns me up to think that KC likely could have had Quentin and didn't get him. I'd love to know whether we made an offer.