Outfield Could Be Option For Viciedo
CHICAGO—After Adam Dunn signed a four-year contract and Paul Konerko made a last-minute decision to re-sign with the White Sox, there didn't seem to be any room for Dayan Viciedo in the immediate future.
But Viciedo could take a route similar to that taken by Carlos Lee, who quickly found a spot in the majors shortly after making a position switch. The Sox have considered getting their money's worth from Viciedo, who signed a four-year, $10 million contract before the 2009 season, by moving him from first base to the outfield.
"We have to find a way for this kid to play," manager Ozzie Guillen said of Viciedo, who batted .308/.321/.519 with five home runs in 104 at-bats with the Sox in 2010 but didn't get playing time on a consistent basis.
The idea has some legs to it because Viciedo told coach Joey Cora during a mini-camp in the Miami area that he played the outfield in Cuba and spent some of his workout with the Sox playing right field before signing.
"The only thing is that we have to bring a golf cart to get him to the outfield," Guillen joked of Viciedo, who is listed at 5-foot-11, 240 pounds. "I'm going to ask the commissioner, 'Can we use a golf cart for Viciedo to go to the outfield?' because he takes a little while to go to first base and that's halfway there. He played right field for the Cuban team in the past. But we have to wait to see in spring training how we're going to handle that."
Another consideration is that left fielder Juan Pierre can become a free agent after 2011. Left field is where Lee moved in 1999 after five seasons as a minor league third baseman. Lee reached the majors that season.
Viciedo, however, will have to work on his plate discipline. He drew just two walks with the Sox and 11 in 343 at-bats at Triple-A Charlotte, where he batted .274 with 20 home runs.
• The White Sox claimed righthander Philip Humber, the third overall pick in the 2004 draft, off waivers from the Athletics. Humber split the 2010 season between Kansas City and Triple-A Omaha.
• The Sox invited 14 non-roster players to spring training. Lefthander Charlie Leesman, who led all Sox minor leaguers with 14 wins at high Class A Winston Salem and Double-A Birmingham, received his second straight spring invitation.