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Aroldis Chapman Reportedly Defects

Aroldis Chapman, the 21 year old Cuban pitcher you may remember from the WBC -- he's the one who was hitting triple digits -- has reportedly defected in the Netherlands, and is now in the wind.

White Sox cut 13 from Major League camp, including Viciedo and Armstrong

GLENDALE, Ariz. - Prior to today's spring training game vs. the Los Angeles Angels, the Chicago White Sox made the following 12 13 roster moves: Optioned C Cole Armstrong, RHP Jon Link and 3B Dayan Viciedo to Class AAA Charlotte; Optioned INF Brandon Allen, RHP Jhonny Nunez and RHP Clevelan Santeliz to Class AA Birmingham; RHP Ryan Braun, INF Javier Castillo, C Tyler Flowers, RHP Franklyn German, OF Michael Restovich and RHP John Van Benschoten were reassigned to minor-league camp. With the moves, the White Sox have 41 40 players remaining in camp: 20 19 pitchers, four catchers, 11 infielders and six outfielders. [edit: Kelvin Jimenez was added to the cuts and optioned to AAA]

Contreras' Return to the Mound a Success

Facing his first batter since August 9, Jose Contreras needed just three pitches to strike out Chris Woodward looking. Yuniesky Betancourt worked the count full before being out-prided by Jose and flying out deep to center. Ken Griffey then took Jose to a full count before striking out looking. In his second inning of work, he gave up a leadoff single to Adrian Beltre and then fanned two swinging before getting Prentice Redman to ground out. He threw 44 pitches, 26 for strikes, and his velocity was up to 90-93.

Viva La Revolucion! White Sox Cubano News with a Bullet

Dayan Viciedo is no longer a teenager as he turns 20 today. Jose Contreras is now officially a Cuban-American as he obtained his US Citizenship today. Due to Conteras' return to Miami for his...

Alexei Ramirez explains Cuban Pride: ''There are a lot of misperceptions. There is no pressure to...

Alexei Ramirez explains Cuban Pride: ''There are a lot of misperceptions. There is no pressure to play [in Cuba]; there are no guns pointed at you. There is just pure love of wanting to play the game by Cuban baseball players. ''The difference between Cuban ballplayers and players from the United States [is] players here play because that's their job. Cuban ballplayers play because of the encouragement from the province they're from, the town they're from, the region they're from. There is a sincere pride and passion for playing for your province. But no pressure.'' Fields of dreams for Ramirez

Alexei Ramirez Community Projection Results

I was a little bit surprised that these projections weren't overly optimistic. The counting stats could probably use my plucked from thin air 5% adjustment, but the rate stats seem pretty accurate...

Dayan Viciedo Impresses Alexei, Scout

[Alexei] Ramirez has taken Viciedo under his wing in the Miami area by working out with him and showing him how to acclimate to a new country and language in the manner similar to that of Sox pitcher and fellow Cuban Jose Contreras. According to those who have seen him lately, the forecast is encouraging. "He's very good," Ramirez said. "He's very strong." [...] "He has more hitting ability than Alexei," the AL scout said. "But he has to make adjustments. I see some ways to get him out. Alexei is a great athlete who is very smart and can adjust. The Sox were right on with Alexei, but I want to see if Viciedo can do more than hit over an extended period."

Dayan Viciedo is Official

The trades of Nick Swisher and Javier Vazquez reaped another benefit in Chicago on Friday, as the White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent third baseman Dayan Viciedo. Viciedo will receive a $4 million signing bonus and earn $1 million in 2009, $1.25 million in 2010 and 2011 and $2.5 million in 2012.

Viciedo Rhetoric Becoming Ridiculous

The hype surrounding Dayan Viciedo has gotten Ridiculous. He practically a Hall of Famer already

Dayan Viciedo is a Free Agent, On White Sox Wish List

Dayan Viciedo, "Cuba's Top Teen Talent," has been declared a free agent. The White Sox might have the inside track to signing the youngster.

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