On the day that the White Sox plucked infielder Angel Sanchez from the Rule 5 Major League Draft and two days after the Sox skillfully signed "tough out" infielder Jeff Keppinger to play third base, word comes from The Trib's Mark Gonzales that the South Siders have been shopping both Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza.
I guess nothing should surprise us when it comes to acquisitions and trades and my philosophy is that nobody should be untouchable in the quest to win the World Series.
That said, this was a bit of a surprise.
Viciedo took his first steps toward becoming a legit big league power hitter last season with 25 homers and 78 RBIs. He still needs a much better sense of the strike zone, but he's young and it was a more than decent start.
DeAza gave the White Sox what they had been sorely lacking in recent years--a solid leadoff man with the ability to steal bases and provide a touch of power. And going into the 2013 season, DeAza and Adam Dunn are the only hitters from the left side if A.J.Pierzynski is indeed out the door.
According to Gonzales's sources, the Sox were looking for prospects from the Mariners in return for Viciedo while they were chatting with the Reds about De Aza. There was no mention of who the centerfielder's replacement would be. Also pointed out in the article is that the Mariners may very well have lost interest in Dayan since they signed free agent outfielder Jason Bay this week.
In my view, the De Aza talk is more puzzling without a suitable replacement. But, of course, the Sox know that and certainly have one or more candidates in mind who are likely wearing a different uniform at the present time. As far as Viciedo, it would seem difficult to see him go, but we have to reserve judgment until we know what we're getting in return.
The bottom line on all of this is that the Sox are far from done, working hard to improve the team. As I said weeks ago, I'm convinced Gavin Floyd is on his way out and what we get in return will go a long way in understanding which direction the White Sox are headed--along with the futures of Viciedo and DeAza and maybe another one or two of their current teammates.
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