A Cuban is coming to Chicago, and his name is not Mark!
The Chicago White Sox have reportedly signed 19-year-old Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo. His agent, Jaime Torres, claims Dayan could have been the "Babe Ruth of Cuba" had he not defected to the United States and been declared a free agent.
He will reportedly make about $11 million over four years, more than doubling that of his fellow Cuban and new teammate Alexei Ramirez, who was a rookie of the year candidate for the 2008 season.
Viciedo is scouted as being a power hitter with a strong arm, ideal for playing third base for the White Sox. His agent says he is ready to step into the major leagues and make an impact, but most think he will spend time in the farm system as a prospect before he makes the major-league team.
Some also say that Dayan Viciedo gained some weight and is an underachiever, but Kenny Williams hopes to strike gold twice after signing Alexei Ramirez last year. Like Viciedo, Ramirez was criticized last year for his play, but quickly put those to rest when he took over the second base job and ran with it. Viciedo looks to accomplish the same this year.
It's not much of a gamble on Kenny William's part due to the fact that he's only playing Viciedo $11 million over four years, but it's one he hopes pays off to keep his club in contention next year.