Viciedo conspiracy theory debunked
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White Sox starter John Danks is checked by a trainer after an injury during the second inning Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field. Danks strained his oblique with two outs in the inning.
A conspiracy theory of sorts has the White Sox intentionally leaving top prospect Dayan Viciedo at Class AAA Charlotte until some unnamed date this week to ensure he won't eclipse a full year of service time.
That, in turn, would allow the Sox to delay Viciedo's free agency by a year.
One source scoffed at the logic, considering Viciedo accumulated only 83 days of major-league service last season and couldn't become a free agent until amassing the required six years.
That is a long, long ways off.
"There is no magic date next week," the source said Saturday. "I have seen some of the speculation out there, but a lot of it is based upon not having a full understanding of the rules."
Viciedo signed a four-year, $10 million contract with the White Sox before the 2009 season, and $4 million of the total was a bonus.
Had Viciedo played enough to qualify for salary arbitration by the end of the current season — which he hasn't — the 22-year-old right fielder could have voided the final year (2012) of his deal, giving the Sox the option of triggering a $3.5 million option.
Instead, Viciedo is just like any other budding major-leaguer, except he has a bigger bankroll.
"A lot of misinformation," the source said. "He is not a free agent until he gets six years of major-league service like anyone else."
It was an interesting theory on Viciedo, considering he dropped original agent Jamie Torres in the spring of 2010 and signed on with the dreaded Scott Boras.
But with a payroll over $125 million this season, it would be ludicrous to think the White Sox would decline to add a big bat like Viciedo for financial concerns in the distant future.
Danks to DL?
John Danks spent most of Saturday afternoon in the trainer's room after exiting with a strained right oblique with two outs in the second inning.
He will know more Sunday, but oblique problems usually take at least two weeks to clear up, which means Danks is likely to be sidelined until after the all-star break.
"It's pretty painful, I'm not going to lie," Danks said. "Usually you would try to pitch through something like that, but I couldn't do it."
Danks has never been on the disabled list since joining the Sox' rotation in 2007.
"I've never had it (oblique strain)," he said. "I've been asked a couple of times if it's bad or not. I have no idea.
"We'll probably know a little more tomorrow or the next day. It's gotten pretty sore, it really has. It's pretty sore to walk and do certain things. It's hard to take a deep breath. Hopefully a good night's rest will take care of some stuff."
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