Namely, what is he to do with Alejandro De Aza?
The question came up almost immediately after the three-team trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Arizona Diamondbacks that brought Eaton over was finalized.
MLB.com's Phil Rogers had this to say in the trade's aftermath:
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The move that would make the most sense, though, is sending De Aza over to the Boston Red Sox.
Once rumored to be pursuing Shin-Soo Choo as a replacement for Jacoby Ellsbury, the Red Sox have both a need for a left-handed hitting outfielder, and the talent in the minor leagues to make the deal happen. And make no mistake, De Aza's availability has not gone unnoticed in Boston.
Gordon Edes, who covers the Red Sox for ESPN.com had this to say:
New CF potentially on market: Alejandro de Aza. White Sox GM Ricj Hahn said he'll listen after acquiring Eaton from Az. De Aza arb-eligible- Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) December 10, 2013
The Red Sox would benefit greatly by adding De Aza, and there are numbers to back that up. According to FanGraphs.com, he has a career .425 wOBA (weighted on-base average), 37.8 wRAA (weighted runs above average), and .997 OPS pulling the ball. That stat line will only get better hitting into the short porch in right field at Fenway.
Possible targets for the White Sox are minor league third baseman Garin Cecchini and catcher Ryan Lavarnway. Cecchini may be a year away from contributing at the major league level, but Lavarnway is ready to contribute immediately.
To be sure, a case could be made that Dayan Viciedo is the one who should be moved. After all, he is a 24-year-old, power-hitting left fielder with a lot of potential, but De Aza would seem to have move value at this point. Another thing to keep in mind is that Adam Dunn's contract expires at the end of this season, and Viciedo could take over at designated hitter in 2015.
A trade may not happen before the 2013 Winter Meetings come to a close, but Hahn has options to continue the roster overhaul, and they start with trading De Aza.
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