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ChiSox 3B job up for grabs; Morel the favorite

Posted on: January 22, 2011 1:24 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2011 10:59 pm
 

MorelWhile Friday got upstaged by the Vernon Wells trade, the White Sox held a town meeting and revealed some important things about the White Sox.

Chief among them was the announcement that Ozzie Guillen's 2012 club option was being picked up, tying the skipper to the team for two more seasons.

However, there was plenty more. For one, Guillen announced that the only starting job up for grabs is third base according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. All other positions are settled, but third is down to Mark Teahen and Brent Morel, with Morel in the lead for the gig.

"Morel (pictured) is gifted defensively, but the 23-year-old still has some work to do with the bat. In 70 plate appearances for the White Sox, he hit .231/.271/.415, but that came on the back of a .322/.359/.480 line in 527 PA split between Double- and Triple-A.

[Morel] can probably play four days a week, and you can still get the benefit of having his defense out there and growth offensively," GM Kenny Williams told Gonzales.

With Teahen and Morel handling third base, that freezes out Cuban Dayan Viciedo, who bashed five home runs in 106 PA for the White Sox at just age 21. Viciedo may be ticketed for Triple-A, but is also trying to learn the outfield in the hopes of winning a bench job as the Chicago Sun-Times reveals. If he was to stick with the team, he would help back up first, third and the outfield.

However, given Teahen's versatility of playing right field and a need for a backup center fielder -- Alejandro De Aza is the internal candidate there -- it's likely Viciedo is shipped out.

-- Evan Brunell

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