Notes: Fields glad to welcome Quentin
Off-the-field friends excited to team up on the South Side
CHICAGO -- Prior to Josh Fields leaving on an extended vacation earlier in the offseason, he spoke by phone to a good friend who played for the Diamondbacks but expected to get moved by Arizona.That friend of Fields just happened to be Carlos Quentin. "I told him the White Sox and Arizona were notorious for doing deals, and I told him, 'You would love hitting in Chicago,'" said Fields with a laugh of the conversation he had with Quentin before the outfielder was traded to the White Sox for Minor Leaguer Chris Carter at the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tenn. "He's going to be a huge addition to the White Sox," Fields added. Quentin and Fields became friends through their profession, as both players are with the same agency, an agency that sends them for a brief period to Florida during the offseason for extensive training geared toward preparation for the upcoming regular season. The friendship has transcended baseball, though, with Quentin attending Fields' wedding and Fields planning to stay with Quentin during the upcoming Super Bowl weekend. So, Fields knows a little bit about Quentin, the person and the competitor. And the reviews from the White Sox rookie stalwart paint this particular Hot Stove addition in a very positive light. "If he's healthy, he's definitely legit. He's going to add energy and excitement," said Fields of Quentin, who is battling back from October arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left labrum and a tear in his left rotator cuff, limiting him to a .214 average over 229 at-bats last season with Arizona. "We have a competitive friendship, and if I'm still with the White Sox, I'll look forward to him pushing me." Future plans: From the first conference call addressing the acquisition of Orlando Cabrera, White Sox general manager Ken Williams talked about keeping the shortstop as more than a one-year stopover. With other targets remaining on his Hot Stove radar, Williams hasn't moved into deep negotiations with Cabrera's camp. But the thought of extending Cabrera's stay in Chicago still exists.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.