May 24, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox right fielderDayan Viciedo
(24) hits an RBI double during the first inning against the New York Yankees at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
The only task the White Sox did not accomplish at the winter meetings was finding a replacement for Dayan Viciedo in left field. While he is still a member of the team, the Sox don’t see him as a permanent solution in left. According to MLBRumors.com, the Sox are currently working on a trade that would send Tank to the Mariners.
We’ve heard the Viciedo to Seattle rumors before, however, so it’s not a given Dayan will end up there. The Mariners haven’t been able to complete a deal with Melky Cabrera yet, which may have some Sox fans dreaming about bring Melky to the Southside. It’s doubtful the Sox will spend another ten million dollars plus annually on one player at this point though.
As I have mentioned before, free agents Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus both remain on the market. Former White Sox center fielder Alex Rios and Ichiro Suzuki also have not found a home for 2015. Whenever Melky Cabrera settles on a deal to his liking, the rest of the outfield dominos will likely fall down, one of them, perhaps, right into Rick Hahn’s lap. Until then it’s probably a waiting game.
The White Sox ended the winter meetings with a lot of buzz and fans can be very excited about the direction of the team. They turned a glaring weakness into a strength where their bullpen was concerned, and addressed their need for a right-handed starting pitcher. Not bad for four days of work in the San Diego sun.
Keep an eye on Southside Showdown for future developments. The White Sox have accomplished a lot this offseason, but they’re definitely not done!
* All advanced stats, unless otherwise noted, courtesy of baseball-reference.com.