Is red-hot slugger Dayan Viciedo for real? 

May, 30, 2012
Only one member of the Chicago White Sox shows up in the top 20 on ESPN's Player Rater over the past 30 days, and it's not first baseman Paul Konerko or hot left-handed pitcher Chris Sale.

It's outfielder Dayan Viciedo. Many of us figured Viciedo would hit for power, but he's doing so much of it in the past few weeks that it has fantasy owners adding him to their teams left and right. Viciedo entered Wednesday as the most added player in ESPN standard leagues, and I believe the power is for real, if not the rest of his offense, too.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesDayan Viciedo ranks second on the ESPN Player Rater over the past 15 days.
When the White Sox jettisoned Carlos Quentin to the San Diego Padres on the last calendar day of 2011 for a pair of minor leaguers, the move was viewed skeptically by White Sox fans. Who will play right field? Quentin clearly has power, having averaged 27 home runs per season from 2008 to 2011. Only one of those seasons was a really good one, though, and perhaps Quentin would have won the AL MVP in 2008 had he not broken a wrist a month before the season ended. Since then, Quentin wasn't an all-around good player; he didn't hit for average, take walks, stay healthy or provide any defensive value. Quentin, who returned just a few days ago after knee surgery, now must hit regularly at spacious Petco Park.