Monday, October 7, 2013
White Sox looking for OF help?
By AJ Mass
The Chicago White Sox are supposedly in a rebuilding mode, having traded away high-priced players like Jake Peavy and Alex Rios in exchange for some younger and more affordable talent. However, in total, the team currently has only $48.25 million in 2014 salary commitments so they may well decide to spend a little bit in order to improve their outfield in the off-season.
While Avisail Garcia, who hit .304 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 42 games with Chicago after he came over from the Detroit Tigers in the three-team Peavy deal, is certainly going to be in the team's 2014 plans, that might not be the case for the other two outfield options: Alejandro De Aza and Dayan Viciedo.
Here's what Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com had to say about two-thirds of the "rebuilding" Chicago White Sox outfield:
"(Viciedo and De Aza) seemed to be in a duel to show who could be the most disappointing White Sox regular. The ideal scenario had Viciedo taking over as the team's top slugger. Instead, the 24-year-old swung all the way to the other side and ended up in the worst-case-scenario area. Viciedo's on-base percentage was actually up slightly this season with his slugging percentage down slightly. But his production fell woefully flat as his 14 home runs and 56 RBIs would attest. De Aza was that rare White Sox player whose offensive production actually improved this season, but he was dreadful in the field and on the bases. De Aza made eight outfield errors and nobody in the American League had more than his five errors in center."
Perhaps that's why Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times is suggesting the White Sox might have some interest in spending some money on either Curtis Granderson or Jose Dariel Abreu -- or perhaps even both.
As he points out, Granderson played his college ball at the University of Illinois at Chicago, which "recently broke ground on a new baseball facility donated by Granderson." Meanwhile, team vice president Ken Williams just got back from the Dominican Republic, where Abreu was putting on a showcase for potential suitors.