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Report: Former White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin to retire

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Former White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin is in the process of retiring, according to a Friday-afternoon report.

Quentin, who most recently played in the majors with the Padres last season, spent four seasons of his nine-year big league career on the South Side, making a pair of American League All-Star teams during his time with the White Sox.

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Quentin spent his best years in a White Sox uniform, smacking 107 home runs and driving in 320 runs in those four seasons. He finished fifth in AL MVP voting in his first year with the team, 2008, the last time the White Sox made the postseason. In 130 games that season, Quentin hit 36 homers and collected 100 RBIs, posting a .965 OPS. He was an AL All Star in 2008 and 2011.

Quentin spent his first two big league seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, acquired by the White Sox in December 2007 in a trade that sent current Astros slugger Chris Carter to the D-backs. The White Sox traded Quentin to the Padres on New Year's Eve 2011. He appeared in just 218 games over the past three seasons with San Diego before again getting dealt before the start of this season, heading to the Braves, who released him shortly after he was acquired. He signed a free-agent deal with the Mariners last month and was in Triple-A before Friday's report indicated he'd be ending his career.

 

Though he only spent four seasons with the White Sox, he ranks high on franchise leaderboards in several stat categories, most notably slugging percentage. His .505 slugging percentage is the sixth-highest in White Sox history.