LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rick Hahn insists the White Sox could utilize a Dayan Viciedo/Alejandro De Aza platoon in left field in 2014. But this is more than likely a ploy where the second-year general manager isn’t yet ready to reveal the cards in his hand.
In the wake of the team’s acquisition of center fielder Adam Eaton on Tuesday, the White Sox find themselves with a jam-packed outfield. The situation bears a strong resemblance to the team’s three-headed first base/designated hitter scenario, but Hahn said it wouldn’t be an issue if the White Sox had to move forward with both Viciedo and De Aza on the roster. Hahn did add, however, that he’s open to more trades, offering a “you never know” response when asked if more activity could be on the way.
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Eaton, who was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team deal that sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels, is slated to be the team’s long-term answer in center field.
“If at the end we decide our best team is going with all three of those guys on the roster, Robin (Ventura) and I have already talked about different ways, to make that work and get the most out of that from a matchup standpoint, offensively and defensively,” Hahn said. “We’ve had some conversations about a number of players, and I suspect on those two, given this trade today, we’ll hear even more.”
De Aza, who is arbitration-eligible and is expected to earn $4.4 million this season, had a .264/.323/.405 slash line this season with 17 home runs, 62 RBIs and 20 stolen bases in 153 games. Many of De Aza’s positives, however, were negated by 147 strikeouts in 675 plate appearances and the fact that he made 26 outs on the bases last season.
Thought to be a potential long-term corner outfielder, Viciedo’s production dropped off as he finished with a .265/.304/.426 line with 14 homers and 56 RBIs. Viciedo, 24, is expected to earn $2.8 million this season.