Friday, December 12, 2008

Sox Agree To Terms With Three

I just got this bit of info in my mailbox from the White Sox wire.

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a four-year, $10-million contract with free agent third baseman Dayan Viciedo (DYE-on VEE-see-ay-doh) and also have agreed to one-year deals with infielder Wilson Betemit ($1.3 million) and outfielder DeWayne Wise ($550,000), avoiding arbitration with both players.

Under terms of his deal, Viciedo will receive a $4 million signing bonus and be paid $1 million in 2009, $1.25 million in 2010-11 and $2.5 million in 2012.

Viciedo, 19, played three seasons with Villa Clara in the Cuban League, batting .296 (237-801) with 32 home runs and 123 RBI in 233 games. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder compiled a .500-plus slugging percentage in two of his three seasons playing in Serie Nacional, Cuba’s top-level league.

Betemit, 27, played in 87 games with the Yankees in 2008, hitting .265 (50-189) with six home runs and 25 RBI. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound switch-hitter batted .274 (40-146) with four homers and 21 RBI from the left side of the plate. He was acquired from the Yankees on November 13 as part of a five-player deal.

Wise, 30, batted .248 (32-129) with six home runs and 18 RBI in 57 games last season, his first with the White Sox after signing as a minor-league free agent on March 5. He also hit .319 (61-191) with nine homers and 23 RBI in 55 games at Class AAA Charlotte.

I expected something with their new Cuban third base hopeful, Viciedo, and new acquisition Betemit. I am happy about the Sox agreeing to terms with DeWayne Wise. He did great as a fourth outfielder last year.

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