I thought about calling this article "Everybody Loves Paulie", but it wouldn't be true. Some of us think he's a double play machine with a degenerative hip on the wrong side of 30 who has seen his best days.
Kenny Williams is clearly enamored of him though, because he just sent his heir to the 1B throne to Arizona for Carlos Quentin.
Granted, Chris Carter is only 20, and was at Low A ball last year. Still, he destroyed the pitching at that level to the tune of a .905 OPS. Considering the White Sox haven't been a fount of positional prospect success, this is not a guy to be traded lightly.
Lest I be too harsh, the current prevailing opinion is that it is a good deal for the White Sox, and that is certainly an easy argument to make. Quentin was quite recently Arizona's top prospect, having put up monster numbers at every level of the minors. He has struggled in his limited opportunities in the show, however, and has had both Tommy John surgery in 2003 and shoulder surgery this past October, making health a major concern.
The problem I have with this trade is that it depletes organizational depth at a position that is likely to need help sooner than later, while adding another question mark to the already crowded list of underachieving highly touted OF prospects the team already has. See Anderson, Brian and Sweeney, Ryan.
If Kenny uses some of the outfield depth in another deal, I reserve the right to reevaluate. In the short-term, however, this deal makes little sense to me, if for no other reason than Quentin is a RF and we have a certain World Series MVP at that position already locked up.