GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Dayan Viciedo chooses to focus on preparation over possible relocation.
The White Sox outfielder isn’t naïve; he knows the possibility of a trade involving him exists. He and Alejandro De Aza have been potential trade targets since the White Sox added another young outfielder with the December acquisition of Adam Eaton only 4 1/2 months after trading for Avisail Garcia. At the time, general manager Rick Hahn acknowledged he likely would have to deal Viciedo or De Aza when the right offer came across his desk.
But regardless of his situation, Viciedo knows improvement is more important for his future.
“I haven’t really thought about it to be honest with you,” Viciedo said through a translator. “Those are things I don’t control and things out of player’s control. So that type of thing doesn’t concern me. What concerns me is the work that I’m putting in out on the field and try to get better every day this spring.”
Only a year ago the White Sox envisioned Viciedo as a potential middle-of-the-order hitter. They still hold him in high regard but .265/.304/.425 line in 473 plate appearances last season didn’t help. Asked how Viciedo needs to improve, manager Robin Ventura was quick to answer.
“Pitch selection,” Ventura said. “He has talent. We know he can hit and everything else. But it’s about making decisions at the plate and zeroing in the strike zone and not chasing balls. Right now, people are making him chase and any time you chase, they are going to continue to let you chase. If he can shore up the strike zone somewhat, he becomes a better hitter.”
Viciedo feels comfortable in Chicago.
He’s not worried about a potential platoon with De Aza. He isn’t thinking about what teams he could be traded to in the future.
“I feel I can get better and they’ve given me the confidence to keep getting better and keep working on it,” Viciedo said. “Only God knows what will happen in the future. But right now and in the future I’m thinking about the White Sox. I’m thinking about how I can make this team better, how I can contribute to this team. This is where I want to be.”