Sox after latest Cuban star?

Sox after latest Cuban star?

Posted by scotgreg on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 19:09
Had a chance to have dinner with Jose Contreras and Alexei Ramirez during spring training, along with agent Jaime Torres, who represents both players. Contreras and Ramirez are both native Cubans, and they defected so they could play major-league baseball. Over dinner, Torres talked about how comfortable Contreras was playing for the White Sox, and how much of an impact that had on Ramirez choosing to sign with the Sox. With any luck, the White Sox might be able to land a third Cuban defector _ Dayán Viciedo, a 19-year-old third baseman. Even at such a young age, Viciedo has long been considered one of Cuba’s all-time greats. Torres, who is representing the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, compares Viciedo to Boston’s Manny Ramirez. According to several reports, 14 big-league teams have already contacted Viciedo, who played for Cuba in the World Baseball Classic at the age of 15. You can argue the Sox already have Joe Crede at third base, with Josh Fields waiting in the wings at Class AAA Charlotte. Not a problem. When the White Sox signed Ramirez to a four-year, $4.75 million contract (what a steal) on Jan. 22, shortstop was his position of choice. Ramirez has been the Sox’ starting second baseman the past month, and he’s been playing like Gold Glover. He can also play center field. In addition to third base, Viciedo can also play short and the outfield. Torres and the White Sox have a great relationship, and that bodes very well when it comes to signing Cuba’s latest superstar.
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