I know that with the recent issues at catcher, people have been concentrating on how to upgrade the Pirates' catching situation but let's not forget there are other, Matt Diaz-shaped holes in this lineup. This brings me to Viciedo. I know he was a huge international signing after he defected and is in the 3rd year of 4 year-$10MM contract. He's only 22 and he hit big league pitching in a brief stint last year, so I'm sure that the White Sox wouldn't part with him easily but it's not like he's a flawless player. He never walks. His walk rate is actually lower than Starling Marte's. He's also not a great defender. He was bad at 3B with the Sox last year so they've been trying him in RF so far this season and from what I've read he has looked ok. Ultimately, I look at Viciedo and feel like we'd be getting a guy who could play in Pittsburgh right now and he'd provide a power bat. He's young and under control until after 2015 so he fits into the long-term plan. Since he's ready now, it would almost be like fast-forwarding Marte's development by a year and trading Marte's speed and defense for Viciedo's power.
If I'm trying to arrange this trade I'd start with Marte (which is tough because I've always liked him) then build around that. Would the White Sox want or need Maholm with Danks and Jackson struggling? Would they want (and would you be willing to add Hanrahan instead of Maholm) since Sergio Santos' control has gone in the tank? It's possible the Sox wouldn't be willing to part with him anyway but if there's discussion about Jesus Montero being realistic then I think this isn't impossible.