After designating him for assignment last week and failing to find a trade partner the White Sox have released outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
Lots of people were surprised when the White Sox tendered him a 2015 contract and then avoided arbitration with Viciedo for $4.4 million because there seemingly wasn’t much of a fit for him following a very disappointing 2014 campaign.
When they designated him for assignment last week the assumption was that general manager Rick Hahn was confident about finding a trade, but instead in releasing Viciedo the team will eat $733,000–one-sixth of his non-guaranteed arbitration salary.
In the grand scheme of things $733,000 is nothing to an MLB team, but when retaining Viciedo seemed weird from the start the decision-making involved in wasting that money stands out. Viciedo figures to land a big-league gig somewhere, but it won’t be for anywhere near $4.4 million and it probably won’t be an everyday role.
Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have signed right-hander Carlos Villanueva to a minor-league deal.
Villanueva is coming off a two-year, $10 million deal with the Cubs, during which he threw 206 innings with a 4.27 ERA split between the rotation and bullpen.
He’s bounced back and forth between roles for basically his entire career, giving the Cardinals some flexibility along with the additional depth. Villanueva has a 4.26 ERA in 863 career innings, including an ERA between 4.00 and 4.65 in five straight seasons.
James Shields finally appears close to making a decision, with multiple reports suggesting that he has long-term offers in hand and could choose a team by the end of this week.
There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding the process, but it sounds like Shields re-signing with the Royals can be crossed off the list.
Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Royals officials “say they haven’t discussed Shields for a while now” and are “focused on” getting the draft pick compensation for his departure.
Kansas City acquired Shields from Tampa Bay in 2013–along with Wade Davis–and he made 34 starts in both seasons with the Royals, logging a total of 456 innings with a 3.18 ERA.
Left-hander Pedro Feliciano has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs that’ll be worth $700,000 if he makes the Opening Day roster, reports Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.
Feliciano was worked extremely hard by the Mets as a situational southpaw, leading the league in appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010 … and has been injured ever since. He’s appeared in just 25 games since 2011 and is now 38 years old, so Feliciano is a long shot to contribute much to the Cubs’ bullpen.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com writes that he’s “hearing Kyle Kendrick is going to go to the Rockies.”
Kendrick has spent his entire eight-year career with the Phillies, who drafted him in the seventh round back in 2003.
He has a 4.42 ERA in 1,138 career innings, including a 4.61 ERA and 121/57 K/BB ratio in 199 innings last season.
Kendrick is fairly durable and has generally been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter, but his lack of strikeouts is a particularly poor fit for Coors Field and he served up 25 homers in 32 starts last year.
UPDATE: Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says it’s a one-year, $5.5 million deal.