Is there room for Viciedo and Jones?

Is there room for Viciedo and Jones?

Posted by scotgreg on Fri, 06/18/2010 - 11:49
Dayan Viciedo is going to be joining the White Sox before tonight's showdown against rookie star Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals in Washington. It's a smart move _ the 21-year-old Viciedo was batting .288 with 13 home runs and 31 RBI in 61 games for Class AAA Charlotte before getting the call. There is going to be a ripple effect with this move. To clear a spot for Viciedo, who signed a four-year, $10 million contract prior to the 2009 season, Jayson Nix was designated for assignment. Viciedo is a first baseman, but the Sox are set at that position with Paul Konerko. He no longer plays third base, so Viciedo's logical spot in the White Sox' lineup is at designated hitter. Hello, Andruw Jones. Or, is it so long Andruw Jones? I’m guessing the latter. At $500,000, Jones earned just about all of his 2010 salary in April when he batted .259 and hit 6 home runs. But much like last season, when he played for the Texas Rangers, Jones started tailing off after the first month. The 33-year-old outfielder batted .208 with 3 HR in May and Jones is batting just .098 (4-for-41) in his last 14 games. Like Viciedo, Jones is a right-handed hitter. As for Mark Kotsay, a left-hander who also spends time at DH, he should be safe for now, but that batting average (.203) has been a problem all season.
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