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.
MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosh reports that the Cardinals are shutting down pitcher Carlos Martínez from throwing for two weeks because his shoulder strength isn’t where it should have been at this point. Langosch added that an MRI showed no structural damage in Martínez’s right shoulder.
Interestingly, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak didn’t sound too happy with Martínez offseason training regimen. Per Mark Saxon of The Athletic, Mozeliak said, “Obviously, there’s a history with Carlos’ shoulder and it would be probably in everybody’s best interest if he maintained a constant or perpetual approach to that program.”
Martínez, 27, battled oblique and shoulder injuries last year. He accrued just 118 2/3 innings, making just 18 starts. He was moved to the bullpen when he returned from the disabled list in August and finished out the season in that role. Still, Martínez managed a 3.11 ERA with 117 strikeouts and 60 walks.
Langosch reported last week that the Cardinals were considering using Martínez in relief again in 2019. The latest news may push the Cardinals to indeed use Martínez out of the bullpen once again. He will be reevaluated in early March, but there is a chance he won’t be ready for Opening Day.