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White Sox morning roundup


White Sox morning roundup

From yesterday:

While nothing's official yet, the White Sox are considering moving Dayan Viciedo to left field -- which would be his third position in as many years -- to accommodate Alex Rios, who appears to have been bumped off center field by Alejandro De Aza. Rios has a good defensive track record in right and the goal would likely to be keep him as comfortable in the field (as opposed to moving him to left) as possible to aid an offensive rebound. The implications of this -- Dayan Viciedo's future role -- are about as far-reaching as any spring training storyline, so keep an eye on this one.

Gavin Floyd says he can win 20 games. Given his stuff he can, but as Don Cooper points out he'll need the offensive backing to reach that number.

Adam Dunn hasn't really let on to much about 2011, but one of his teammates said his struggles at the plate did affect him in private.

The White Sox have finished dead last in the American League in home runs hit by lefties over the last three years. Chris Kamka has some analysis on that and more on the void of left-handed producers the Sox have seen recently.

Around the division: Kansas City locked up catcher Salvador Perez through 2019 in what looks like a pretty favorable contract, Buck O'Neil was inducted in the Hall of Famous Missourians in Jefferson City, Manny Acta ran down his early projected lineup and Detroit may still be looking for a starter.

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm


The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.

The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.

While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page β€” 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \β€” Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.

Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:

And this may explain why Vieira was even available:

Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.

What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return? 

This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:

Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."

Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?


Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat. 

The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game. 

Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League. 

With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

It may be Avi Time in Oakland.