Dayan Viciedo, who played for the White Sox from 2010-2014 before being dropped this offseason, has re-signed with the team on a minor-league contract.
Dating back to February he’s been released by the White Sox, Blue Jays, and A’s while hitting just .228 with one homer and a .617 OPS in 32 games at Triple-A.
Viciedo is still just 26 years old and has 25-homer power when playing at his best, but his bad defense and total lack of plate discipline makes him ill-suited for more than a part-time role. He’ll have to put together a good stretch in the minors to get another chance in Chicago.
Dayan Viciedo has been out of work since being released by the White Sox in February and the Blue Jays in March, but Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the 26-year-old outfielder has signed a minor-league deal with the A’s.
Viciedo has 25-homer power, but his plate discipline and defense are awful and his overall production has been mediocre at best with a .254 batting average and .722 OPS in 483 career games.
He has good career numbers versus left-handed pitching, so if Viciedo puts together a good stretch at Triple-A the A’s could find a role for him as a platoon player.
Dayan Viciedo has opted out of his minor-league deal with the Blue Jays, who agreed to release the 26-year-old corner outfielder.
Viciedo was previously released by the White Sox in February after agreeing to a one-year, $4.4 million deal to avoid arbitration, as general manager Rick Hahn apparently had second thoughts once he realized the trade market wasn’t exactly bustling. Because it was a partially guaranteed deal, the White Sox were on the hook for “only” $733,000.
Viciedo latched on with the Blue Jays and agreed to a minor-league deal that would have paid $2.8 million if he made the Opening Day roster, but he struggled during spring training after hitting just .231 with a .686 OPS in 145 games for the White Sox last year.
He has 25-homer power, but Viciedo is terrible defensively and has no semblance of plate discipline. At this point he’d be best suited for a part-time role.