White Sox unlikely to move Dayan Viciedo to 3B

Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE

Chicago plans to keep the third-year player in the outfield next season.

The Chicago White Sox will most likely not move Dayan Viciedo to third base, according to ESPN.

Viciedo, who played some third base as a rookie in 2010, is primarily a corner outfielder now.

“I don’t want to rule out anything at this point because we’re sitting here a week before Thanksgiving so it’s foolish to close off any options,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “I will say that we are exploring a lot of options that we rank ahead of moving Viciedo in from the outfield.”

Kevin Youkilis was the team's primary third baseman last year after he was acquired in a trade in June. Youkilis, who batted .236 with 15 home runs in 80 games with the White Sox, is a free agent.

At the age of 23, Viciedo had a breakout season last year. The native of Cuba batted .255 with 25 home runs and a .744 OPS in 147 games last season. Viciedo was especially good in May, batting .351 with eight home runs and 24 runs batted in.

Hahn also said moving Dan Johnson to third base "would be a long shot," according to ESPN.

The White Sox finished last season in second place in the American League Central with an 85-77 record.

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