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Gavin Floyd's future in Chicago is uncertain.
In an online chat session, ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine points out that the largest need of the White Sox right now is a left-handed bat.
There are two issues with that.
First, in a conflicting report, MLB.com's Scott Merkin thinks that acquiring a left-handed bat—like a Jason Kubel, for instance—would hinder the progress of left fielder Dayan Viciedo.
With that in mind, both writers agree that if the White Sox were to make a move at all, they would have to move some of their starting pitching, something they won't part with until they know John Danks is healthy for sure.
Then, Gavin Floyd would likely find a ticket out of town.
Understandably the White Sox would like to address that concern by adding another left-handed bat, and making a trade for a player like Kubel would require the Sox to bench the 24-year-old Viciedo in favor of Kubel.
However, should the team wish to remain creative, there are a couple of left-handed bats that are still available via free agency.
There is one caveat though: the available lefty bats are up there in age. For example, Bobby Abreu and Travis Hafner are a few of those that are left out there.
Abreu played in 100 games in 2012 posting a .242/.350/.342/.693 line, while Hafner played in just 66 games with a .228/.346/.438/.784 line.
Neither provides a sufficient enough upgrade over Viciedo's .255/.300/.444/.744 line in 147 games for the White Sox in 2012.
It would make sense for the team to take a wait and see approach with Viciedo.
If he can prove himself to be a worthy everyday player, then they should stick with the kid. If not, they can always explore trade options.