GLENDALE, Ariz. - It looks like the White Sox are going to be shaking up their outfield.
Manager Robin Ventura indicated Dayan Viciedo is going to move from right field to left field, Alex Rios is moving from center to right and Alejandro De Aza is moving from left to center.
We’ll see how this plays out … nothing is definite yet.
The move does make sense, because it gets De Aza in center field. Rios really struggled in center last season, taking bad routes to flyballs and failing to cover sufficient ground.
De Aza has better range, and the Sox are better defensively if he is in center.
As for Viciedo, he would benefit from the move as well.
Ask just about any major-league outfielder, manager or coach and they’ll tell you right field is the hardest OF position to play.
Viciedo came up as a third baseman and also played first before moving to right field last season. He’s not going to win any Gold Glove, but Viciedo should be serviceable in left.
The White Sox have their first full-squad workout of spring training Tuesday, so we’ll keep an eye on the outfield shuffle.