Originally Posted by Foulke You
When the season began, I thought it was too early to give up on Tank but I've come around to your opinion after this season. Tank has been here four seasons now and a full time player in two of them and has shown little improvement. He is approaching 1100 ABs at the big league level now and is 24 years old. We can't really look at him as a young prospect anymore. He has tremendous power but his refusal to shorten his swing is his downfall. As you pointed out, he has a poor glove (albeit a good arm though) so he has to hit to make him worth keeping out there. We need way more power production from the LF spot than we are getting.
Also, Hahn has been on record as saying that the White Sox need a more "diverse" offense next season. Replacing the free swinging/low OBP Viciedo is a good step towards a much needed overhaul of the White Sox lineup.
Agreed and next season is Viciedo's last cost-controlled season, he'll hit his first arbitration in winter of 14-15 and with Boras as his agent and his power numbers to date, he won't sign cheap.
IMO, Viciedo's done (barely) enough to keep his trade value fairly high. Hahn should get another cost-controlled piece for him and let some other team take the risk that he'll play well enough to justify the salary Boras will get him in 2015 and further down the road.
Avisail Garcia is a much better hitter, and would give us better all-around offense and defense in LF next season. Hopefully one of our myriad OF prospects is ready to step up next spring, and OF (and 1B) would be a prime upgrade position if the Sox decide to spend in FA.