Central Notes: Rincon, Twins, Viciedo, Konerko

The Twins announced a wave of front office promotions today, highlighted by the promotion of assistant GM Rob Antony to vice president/assistant GM. Antony will be responsible for Major League contracts (including arbitration); Major League and Minor League player evaluation; and oversight of the team's video, baseball analytics and baseball communications department. More from the Central divisions…

  • Former Twins reliever Juan Rincon is looking for a minor league deal with, ideally, an invite to big league spring training, agent Burton Rocks tells MLBTR.  Rincon, 35 in January, wants a club to bring him in to help mentor younger pitchers and have him continue in that role after his playing career is through as a scout.  Rocks has talked to "four or five" clubs about his unique proposal for Rincon, who spent last season with the York Revolution of the Atlantic League.  
  • The White Sox have an infusion of young, exciting position players including outfielders Avisail Garcia and Adam Eaton and Paul Konerko is excited to be back in the fold and see what they can do. "Eaton is the guy that can make things go if he hits his stride," Konerko said on a conference call with White Sox season ticket holders, according to CSNChicago.com. "A guy like Eaton can be a someone who is a complete steal because of the tools he has. He can be a real mainstay."  Konerko re-signed with Chicago on a one-year deal that gives him a $2.5MM guarantee.
  • Dayan Viciedo could split time this season with Alejandro De Aza in left field, remain the starter if De Aza is moved, or he could wind up traded himself, writes CSNChicago.com's Dan Hayes.  The White Sox haven't given up on the 25-year-old, but they're not sure what they'll do with him either.
  • Jeff Karstens is said to be pain-free and in midst of normal winter throwing program. tweets Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. He's planning to work out for clubs in January. Karstens had shoulder surgery in June, which involved debridement of his rotator cuff and labrum, and never threw a big league pitch for the Pirates in 2013.  The veteran is represented by All Bases Covered Sports Management, as shown in the MLBTR Agency Database.
  • The Twins were in on Eric Chavez before he signed with the Diamondbacks earlier today, a source tells Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN (via Twitter).

17 Responses to Central Notes: Rincon, Twins, Viciedo, Konerko Leave a Reply

  1. dazedatnoon 2 years ago

    Hahn is making some moves. Now for a catcher!

  2. tom1998 2 years ago

    Really excited for how these new faces perform for the chisox

  3. jdsmith84 2 years ago

    Wrong Adam Eaton on the link.

    • PileOfSandwich 2 years ago


      • kungfucampby 2 years ago

        They have a software program that parses the links for them, it happens with Chris Young as well.

    • Tommets 2 years ago

      I knew there was another Adom Eaton. This whole time I thought I was thinking of another player with a similar name.

  4. not_brooks 2 years ago

    Do you guys have a script that automatically links to a player’s Baseball Reference page?

    Y’all link to the wrong Adam Eaton every time.

  5. Ryan 2 years ago

    Rincon is DESTINED to end up with the Phillies. Over 30, multiple DFA’s, Latino, mentioned in a MLBTR post with THE Adam Eaton, and a drug pop to his credit. This is Amaro’s wheel-house. Expect a two year deal shortly….

  6. alexamato 2 years ago

    I really hope Rincon gets Juan more chance to be an MLB regular

  7. kungfucampby 2 years ago

    White Sox are the most improved team in the AL Central and look really good at being surprise contenders.

    • Michael Kenny Jr. 2 years ago

      Not yet. There’s still a long way to go before this offense functions like an offense, and not like something offensive. I agree that their team is improved the most in the short term, but the Tigers also miraculously got out from under the weight of Prince Fielder.

      • whitesoxgm 2 years ago

        Short term? I would say they improved long term a lot more than in the short term. Do I expect a WS next year? No. But with a few more offensive pieces or a few less historically bad seasons (Kepp, Dunn) they can certainly get there soon. They have the pitching.

  8. Joshua William Novy I 2 years ago

    that Adam Eaton hyperlynk is for the wrong Adam Eaton

  9. Uncontested 2 years ago

    I still hope “Tank” comes around… I mean he IS only 24 still.. Eaton is already 25 and just started playing ML ball and we’re hailing him as a every day CF…

  10. CitizenLoonie 2 years ago

    I like the direction the White Sox are taking. Viciedo might respond well with Abreu as a teammate. Now, if only they could find a way to dump the salaries of Dunn or Danks. Preferably both.

  11. bucsws2014 2 years ago

    Happy to hear the Zombie is pain free and throwing again. I look forward to seeing him tossing 59-mph curveballs in the near future. Karstens does more with nothing than anyone this side of Jamie Moyer.

  12. NRD1138 2 years ago

    I think that Viciedo is likely bound for the DH/1st base role with he Sox. He has a great arm but his range is horrible, especially in the OF. My guess is he is Dunn’s eventual replacement.

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