Prepared Viciedo blocking out trade rumors

Prepared Viciedo blocking out trade rumors

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Dayan Viciedo has heard the trade rumors since shortly after the Winter Meetings last December.

The rumblings figure to continue, with a crowded outfield that includes Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza locked into the same spot in left after the arrival of Adam Eaton and Avisail Garcia since last July. But Viciedo, who is set to earn $2.8 million in his third full Major League season, doesn't worry about the unknown.

"I don't really think about that. It's something I have no control over," said Viciedo through translator and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz. "I have to take care of myself and prepare for the season. That's what I've been doing."

Viciedo started in left field in Friday's 4-3 win over the Reds after starting Thursday's contest in the same spot against the Mariners at Camelback Ranch. De Aza played left field in Surprise against the Royals during split-squad action Thursday.

Manager Robin Ventura already has stated that he won't be worried about naming a starter, instead letting them play and seeing what materializes.

During the offseason, Viciedo stressed getting in good physical shape and then did a little hitting. That offensive side is getting more play in Arizona, as Viciedo looks to surpass his .265 average, 14 homers and 56 RBIs from 2013.

"I'm feeling really good," Viciedo said. "I'm working on being a little more under control, having a little bit more patience in the zone."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.