Originally Posted by kittle42
Agree on de Aza. Guy has great fantasy numbers - let him fool some team.
On Alexei, his value is at an all-time low. I wouldn't mind seeing him go, but he seems like a better rebound/deadline candidate. Lord knows this team will be sellers.
De Aza only made $2.075M last year, and with the known deficiencies in his game, won't get that big of a raise in his second arbitration year.
Besides, we have nobody in the organization who can step up and lead off, and leadoff hitters are ridiculously expensive this offseason.
By comparison, Coco Crisp made $7M last year, and has much the same skillset as De Aza.
IMO, Viciedo can get us back tons more in trade (teams will pay for power potential, which is rare in this year's FA market) than De Aza and the Sox have better/cheaper options to replace Viciedo than they would with De Aza. Plus LF would be a great place to stash a lesser fielding player who can hit for average/OBP.