I have spent WAY WAY too much time wondering what Viciedo is still doing in the Minors. Are the Sox that great of a team that they dont need a guy who is hitting near .320 in the minors with great power and who hit almost .310 last year in the majors in over 100 at bats? Are the Sox out of the Hunt this year so they want to make sure Viciedo gets another full season of minor league at bats? Are the other Sox outfielders or 3rd base personnel so great this year that Viciedo wouldnt be able to do better and help this team now make a push for the playoffs?
Since we all know the answer to all three of those questions are NO I am left with WTF!!!!!!!
So here is my opinion and I wanted to get everyone else's thoughts. Barring the Jackson/Teahen trade to the Yankees for prospects which would free up a roster spot for Viciedo (By the way I DID HEAR THEM DISCUSS THIS on the SCORE) I recommend trading Quentin and bringing up Viciedo. Dont get me wrong I like Quentin however I see them as almost the same player with Viciedo having an upside of potentially a better average.
Take away Quentin's great 4 months of 2008 and the rest of his career he has shown to be a .250 hitter who will hit 30+ homers and near 100 RBI's. There is nothing wrong with that and many teams would be happy to have that but I believe Viciedo will also produce that with potentially a higher average.So why don't the Sox trade Quentin for a couple HIGH LEVEL PROSPECTS (which I would think they could get for him), save themselves 2.5mil to spend down the stretch and bring up Viciedo. If you really think about it, it makes perfect sense.
You are helping restock your minor leagues AND not going backwards on your major league roster with the potential for an upside average AND saving 2.5mil. I know you cant trade Rios and Pierre because of salary issues and losing a leadoff guy so this is the WAY TO GO to help now and for the future.
ps: I hate Tehean and if he doesnt go in this rumored Yankees deal I say we just cut him and eat his salary