Third to first

Third to first

•'s Jesse Sanchez reported Saturday that Cuban prospect Jose Abreu has been declared a free agent and is cleared to sign with a Major League team. White Sox left fielder Dayan Viciedo would like to see Abreu on Chicago's South Side.

"He's a tremendous hitter, he's got power," said Viciedo through translator and White Sox coach Lino Diaz. "I would definitely like to have him around. This would be a good field for him to hit on."

Viciedo, a native of Cuba, said he doesn't know Abreu well enough to help with the recruiting process if the White Sox were interested.

• White Sox groundskeeper Roger Bossard has been retained to design and build the playing field for BB&T Ballpark, which will open in 2014 as the new home for Triple-A Charlotte. He begins work in mid-October for a ballpark built under the same specifications as U.S. Cellular Field.

Bossard is in his 47th season with the White Sox and has designed and built the playing fields for 12 of the 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.

• Ventura joked that there isn't much known for certain about next year's White Sox, aside from Chris Sale pitching on Opening Day.

"There's a fair chance of anything," Ventura said. "Chris starting Opening Day is about the most solid thing you're going to get right now."

Addison Reed became the fourth pitcher in White Sox history to record 40-plus saves in a season. He joins Bobby Jenks (2006, '07), Bobby Thigpen (1990) and Keith Foulke ('01).

Scott Merkin is a reporter for 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.