Dayan Viciedo and the White Sox have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.8 million contract, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
Viciedo had a disappointing second full season, hitting .265 with 14 homers and a .731 OPS that put him well below average for corner outfielders, especially when combined with poor defense.
He’s still just 25 years old, but Viciedo has shown no ability to control the strike zone and cancels out most of the value his power provides by making so many outs. With another raise likely due for 2015, this could be a make-or-break year for him in Chicago.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.