Originally Posted by HaroMaster87
The only part i dont get is why would anyone want Tank over De Awesome? Tank has no major league tools. Well, unless you consider striking out or being a better defender than the Donkey, a "tool". I think the move is to flip Tank for something and De Aza heads to the bench.
Originally Posted by balke
Tank will be 25 and was the 2nd best hitter on the team last year (not counting Rios or Garcia). He was injured part of last season.
After the All-Star Break he hit:
De Aza is 30 this coming season. His stats are in a downward trend after a good start with the Sox. He's replaceable.
De Aza's 2012 stats:
I think De Aza might need a change of scenery to get back to hitting like that. I'd be concerned a change of scenery for Viciedo might turn him into a 30+ HR all-star.
In deciding whether to keep De Aza or Viciedo, I think that Viciedo's Cuban heritage also plays a role as well.
I think the Sox will want to keep their "Cuban connection" (Viciedo, Alexei, and Abreu) intact for this season thus helping ease Abreu's transition into MLB.