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Dayan Viciedo likely to take over right field for White Sox

Jan 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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2012 will be an important year for Dayan Viciedo.

According to the White Sox’ official Twitter feed, general manager Kenny Williams said Saturday that the 22-year-old Cuban is “the favorite to start in right field” in the wake of the Carlos Quentin trade.

Viciedo struggled in the big leagues last year, posting a weak .255/.327/.314 batting line in 113 plate appearances. But he has a .284/.332/.453 career slash line in the minors and has slugged 20 home runs in each of the past two seasons at Triple-A Charlotte. His bat is major league-ready, and his defensive abilities — while limited — can’t be that much worse than Quentin’s. The newest Padre rates as an extremely poor outfielder by just about any measure.

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