According to Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago White Sox are shopping Dayan Viciedo and Alejando De Aza. The White Sox are looking for a big left handed power bat, prospects or both. I hope that the White Sox know what they are doing, because I don’t really like this move.
Rumors are that there are two teams really interested in both players. The Seattle Mariners are interested in Viciedo and the Cincinnati Reds are interested in De Aza. I don’t see who the White Sox could get in return from the Mariners in terms of Viciedo. The Mariners don’t really have any left-handed power and the same could be said about the Reds.
I don’t know the prospects in both the Reds and Mariners organization, so I can’t say if the prospects they could get in return would be good or not. I just don’t see how trading either of these players makes sense.
De Aza has turned into a solid centerfielder. He put up great numbers in 2012. If the White Sox do decide to trade De Aza to the Reds, then who would they put in center? Dewayne Wise? I don’t see Wise as an everyday outfielder. Jordan Danks? I really like the upside on Danks, but I don’t think he is ready to take over centerfield. I don’t want to see Alex Rios back in center.
Next is Viciedo, a player the White Sox have been high on for a while now. I think trading a young player like Viciedo, who has upside, is the wrong choice. Who would play in left if the White Sox trade him?
If a trade does have to happen, I guess I would trade De Aza if the White Sox get some great prospects. I just don’t like the idea of trading Viciedo. If the White Sox want to trade someone, look at trading Gavin Floyd. Time will tell if the White Sox decide to do something. I just have a bad feeling about this.
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