Originally Posted by russ99
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.
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.
That De Aza makes so little, can hit leadoff in a leadoff-short market may be the reason he brings premium value. But agree, if he doesn't, keep him on the team but out of center field.