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A Horrible Day: Viciedo Goes to the South Side

I don’t like this at all.

A few days ago, we were talking about the young Cuban third baseman, Dayan Viciedo. Huge power bat. 19 years old. Apparently available for a cheap contract.

We wanted him. At the time, the numbers sounded like they’d be in the $10M for 4 years range, which is more than affordable, and considerably less than we’ll probably end up giving to Casey Blake for Christmas. (Because for some reason we have to reward guys who used to be in our system, even if it doesn’t help out our team.)

Well, now he’s gone. For $11M for 4 years. And worse … he went to the White Sox. Their problems at third base weren’t nearly as bad as ours (“How do we replace Joe Crede’s ineffectiveness?” “Can Josh Fields’ power at the plate overcome his weakness in the field?” as opposed to “Are we still a major league team without a left side of an infield?”), and now they’ve made a huge upgrade.

In 2008, they had The Cuban Missile, Alexei Ramirez. I like that guy, and he did really well for the White Sox. Well, take him, replace his prodigious speed with prodigious power, and now the White Sox have another infielder who’s going to contend for rookie of the year. Again.

Letting Viciedo go to another team for such a low price is a mistake I can forgive. (Unless we end up signing Blake or Crede or Branyan for three times as much.) But letting Viciedo go to the hated White Sox is a colossal mistake that we’re going to realize in the 80 ABs he’s going to get against us this year, of which I’m assuming 10-25 will be home runs.

This is a horrible day.

5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Schulte November 21st, 2008 12:59 pm

    No comment.

  2. FunBobby November 21st, 2008 6:21 pm

    Once he finds out that room service is free with MLB teams, he will be 275 by spring training. I’m not worried.

  3. sirsean November 21st, 2008 9:44 pm

    You’d be surprised how little that matters when you can smash the ball.

    See: Prince Fielder. Ryan Howard. Barry Bonds. Babe Ruth.

    Too soon to compare this 19 year old with 0 days experience to those players? Maybe. But I don’t care. This is unacceptable.

    We should have convinced him that he’s now playing on the South Side of Chicago. For the team of the President of the United States of America. A Democratic President. And everybody knows that Democrats hate Cubans. And vice versa. Quid pro quo, he’ll be deported. Be afraid. Et cetera.

    Just … I’m furious that this guy now plays for the White Sox. We need to get better, fast. And Casey Blake is not the answer.

  4. FunBobby November 23rd, 2008 9:48 am

    Good point. Although t remains to be seen if he can ht major league pitching. Do the sox plan on using him right away, or will he spend time in the minors?

  5. sirsean November 23rd, 2008 12:06 pm

    They said he’ll be trying out for the starting spot in spring training, and that he MAY be in the majors at the start of the season.

    He’s signed to a major league contract, so it’s in their interest to have him in the majors.

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